Parkland survivor Emma Gonzalez leads half a million protesters in powerful silence lasting 6 minutes 20 seconds – the time it took for the shooter to kill 17 in her school
・Emma Gonzalez stood silent for a total of six minutes and 20 seconds on the stage at the Washington, DC March For Our Lives demonstration
・That’s how long it took for Nikolas Cruz, 19, who admitted to killing 17 people and injuring 15 others with an AR-15 that he had obtained legally, to wreak havoc
・The shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida
・Gonzalez is a survivor of the tragedy that has fueled a heated gun control debate
To admit (verb)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると” to say that you have done something wrong or illegal “というふうに記載されていますね。
In court he admitted to lying about the accident.
He was ashamed to admit to his mistake.
wreak havoc/destruction (phrase)
Macmillan Dictionary によると” to cause very great harm or damage “というふうに記載されていますね。ジャーナリズムで使われる表現です。
These policies would wreak havoc on the economy.
The recent storms have wreaked havoc on crops.
Changes in the climate have wreaked/wrought havoc with the region’s usual weather pattern.
The storm wreaked (= caused) havoc in the garden, uprooting trees and blowing a fence down.
Emma Gonzalez, who survived the school shooting massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, stood silent for a total of six minutes and 20 seconds on the stage at the Washington, DC March For Our Lives demonstration.
That’s how long it took for Nikolas Cruz, 19, who admitted to killing 17 people and injuring 15 others with an AR-15 that he had obtained legally, to wreak havoc on February 14 in Parkland, Florida.
Gonzalez took the crowd by surprise with her uncomfortable silence, prompting the crowd to cheer support and chant ‘Never again,’ as it seemed they thought she had lost her words due to emotion. Then a time went off, and she spoke.
‘Since the time that I came out here, it has been six minutes and 20 seconds. The shooter has ceased shooting and will soon abandon his rifle, blend in with the students as they escape, and walk free for an hour before arrest,’ she said when she began to speak again.
‘Fight for your lives before it’s someone else’s job,‘ she said, ending her time of silence.
She captivated the crowd of half a million protesters in Washington, DC for the March For Our Lives movement in the powerful statement.
take sb by surprise (phrase)
Cambridge Dictionaryによると” to surprise someone: “というふうに記載されています。
The sudden noise took her by surprise.
The violence of his language took us all by surprise.
To cease (verb)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると” to stop something: “というふうに記載されています。フォーマルな表現です。
In 1981 he ceased being a player and moved into management.
If we don’t get more money, community theatre will cease to exist here.
Conversation ceased when she entered the room.
The rain had almost ceased by the time we left.
blend in (phrasal verb)
Cambridge Macmillan Dictionaryによると” to look or seem the same as surrounding people or things and therefore not be easily noticeable: “というふうに記載されています。
We tried to blend into the crowd.
They have adopted local customs and tried to blend in with the community.
The new library blends in perfectly with the surrounding buildings.
Security men were trying to blend in with the crowd.
To captivate (verb)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると” to attract or interest someone very much “ というふうに記載されていますね。
Their romance captivated the whole country.
With her beauty and charm, she captivated film audiences everywhere.
Her singing captivated audiences everywhere.
Gonzalez, who has been an outspoken voice among the Parkland survivors, used the minutes of silence to punctuate an an already moving speech.
‘Six minutes and 20 seconds… In a little over six minutes, 17 of our friends were taken, 15 were injured and everyone, absolutely everyone, in the Douglas community was forever altered,’ she said.
‘Everyone who was there understands. who has been touched by the cold grip of gun violence understands. For us, long, tearful chaotic hours in the scorching afternoon sun were spent not knowing.
‘No one understood the extent of what had happened. No one could believe that there were bodies in that building waiting to be identified for over a day.
‘No one knew that the people who were missing had stopped breathing long before any of us even knew that a code red had been called. No one could comprehend the devastating aftermath or how far this would reach or where this would go.’
She went on to honor some of the lives lost on that day, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Cambridge Dictionaryによると” expressing strong opinions very directly without worrying if other people are offended: “ と記載されていますね。
an outspoken critic of corruption
an outspoken critic of the government
Mr Masack is an outspoken critic of the present government.
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” a person, newspaper, organization etc that expresses a particular idea or that represents the opinions of a particular group “ という風に記載されていますね。
The paper sees itself as the authentic voice of Middle England.
The senator has long been a voice of reason on this issue.
To alter (verb)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” to make something or someone different “ という風に記載されていますね。
He altered his appearance with surgery.
This doesn’t alter the fact that what you did was wrong.
We‘ve had to alter some of our plans.
Giving up our car has radically altered our lifestyle.
The coat was too long, so I took it back to the store to have it altered.
To punctuate (verb)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” to place special marks in a text that show the divisions between its different parts: “ という風に記載されていますね。
I would punctuate that sentence differently.
Cambridge Dictionaryによると ” very hot: “ という風に記載されていますね。
a scorching summer day
It was scorching hot inside the greenhouse.
I don’t want to be outside in this scorching heat.
It was scorching hot at the beach.
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” the size and importance of a problem or situation “ と、” the size or area of something “ という風に記載されていますね。
We were shocked by the extent of the damage.
The government underestimated the extent of the contamination.
Doctors still do not know the full extent of his injuries.
We didn’t know the extent of his injuries.
Approaching the airport, you could see the full extent of the island.
Open the table to its fullest extent.
code red (interjection)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” used when a situation becomes an emergency “ という風に記載されていますね。
‘For those who still can’t comprehend, because they refuse to, I will tell you where it went,’ she said. ‘Right into the ground, six feet deep.’
‘Six minutes and 20 seconds with an AR-15, and my friend Carmen [Schentrup] would never complain to me about piano practice. Aaron Feis would never call [Kiera] “Miss Sunshine.” Alex Schachter would never walk into school with his brother, Ryan. Scott Beigel would never joke around with Cameron at camp. Helena Ramsay would never hang out after school with Max. Gina Montalto would never wave to her friend, Liam, at lunch. Joaquin Oliver would never play basketball with Sam or Dylan,’ she said.
She went on: ‘Alaina Petty would never. Cara Loughran would never. Chris Hixon would never. Luke Hoyer would never. Martin Duque Anguiano would never. Peter Wang would never. Alyssa Alhadeff would never. Jamie Guttenberg would never. Meadow Pollack would never.’
Her personal memories of the students who died that day filled the air and hung heavy.
It was the Parkland school shooting massacre that happened on Valentine’s Day in Florida that has ignited the current nationwide debate on gun control.
Yet another school shooting took the life of a 16-year-old girl in Maryland on Thursday.
The March For Our Lives demonstrations seek to call attention to the need for common sense gun reform that prevents tragic like this from happening.
More than 800 demonstrations kicked off across the country on Saturday.
Cruz remains in custody in Florida, charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.
To ignite (verb)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” to start a fight or argument “ という風に記載されていますね。
At least this episode has ignited a lively debate on the issues.
His speech ignited racial tension in the area.
The proposed restrictions have ignited a storm of protest.
seek to (phrasal verb)
Cambridge Dictionaryによると ” to try to do something “ という風に記載されていますね。
The law must seek to protect the democratic rights of citizens.
They sought to reassure the public.
They are seeking to change the rules.
People seeking to end the crisis must have our full support.
Cambridge Dictionaryによると ” (especially of a crime or something unpleasant) done after being thought about or carefully planned: “ という風に記載されていますね。
a premeditated attack
The assault was premeditated and particularly brutal.
The police believe the crime was premeditated.
最後に、内容が理解でき、新しい単語も知ることができたら、必ずCambridge Dictionaryか、Macmillan Dictionaryで例文を読むようにしてください。そして一番シンプルで、自分が日常使いしときやすそうなもをノートやスマホに書き溜めておいてください。そしてこれを移動中の時などに声に出して覚えることが本当に大事です！（電車では難しいので、僕はよく歩きますw）