At the March for our Lives rally, the podium has a sticker - $1.05. It seems unusual to me, a non-American. What is its meaning?
As Vox explains it is directed at Senator Rubio, who has opposed the March and their movement, representing the value they believe he has placed on their lives by dividing the number of dollars he has received from the NRA by the number of school children purportedly harmed by his pro-gun stance:
[T]hey came up with it by dividing the amount the National Rifle Association has spent to support Rubio’s campaigns, $3.3 million, by the 3.1 million public and private students in the state. Since Rubio’s first senate bid in 2010, the NRA has spent about $1 million to support his campaigns, and $2.3 million to attack his opponents, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
The printable PDF on marchforourlives.com explains the meaning behind this symbol:
There are 3,140,167* students enrolled in Florida. Marco Rubio has received $3,303,355** from the NRA. That comes out to $1.05 per student.
ON MARCH 24TH WEAR THIS PRICE TAG TO PROTEST POLITICIANS WHO ACCEPT NRA BLOOD MONEY AND DEMAND THEY PASS MEANINGFUL GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION NOW.
*Total number of students enrolled in both public and private Florida schools
These price tags are meant as a symbol for money that the gun lobby gives to politicians, according to CNN:
Stoneman Douglas freshman Lauren Hogg put it this way as she showed off the tag at the rally in Washington:
“We took the amount of money that [Senator] Marco Rubio took from the NRA, and we divided it by every single student in the state of Florida,” she said. “So, this is how much we’re worth to the Florida government. It’s our price tag.”
The number is disputed, as the CNN article goes on to explain.