Florida Shooting Survivor Suggests Calling AR-15 Rifles 'Marco Rubios'
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 24, 2018,
Feb 24, 2018, 14:07
The father of a girl killed at a Florida high school last week and students of the school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, were among those who challenged Senator Marco Rubio at a CNN town hall event on Wednesday.
"Your comments this week and those of our president have been pathetically weak", said Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime was killed in the shooting. "The fact that you can't stand with everybody in this building and say that, I'm sorry".
Deutch furthered Nelson's sentiment, challenging Rubio, who said there were too many loopholes in assault weapons bans. Deutch responded by saying that he would ban all "weapons of war" for use by the public and that he would like to sit down with Rubio and work on legislation. "I'm not saying that you love the tragedy", she told the crowd on Thursday. The pressures he faced then are similar to those he faced at last night's town hall: when mothers of Dreamers confronted Rubio, anxious by reports that he was backing down from his pro-immigrant stance, he spun himself into circles trying to appease whomever was in front of him. But he also warned that every politician aligned with the NRA "against gun safety should expect the same reception Sen".
Lastly, Rubio showed up for the CNN town hall knowing there would be a heated debate on guns and he'd likely get booed often.
"Fair enough", conceded Rubio, before stating that his colleagues on stage did not support such a measure.
Seventeen people were killed in the February 14 shooting when Nikolas Cruz, 19, opened fire on the school in Parkland. "NRA just please keep the money out of Rubio".
Guttenberg lost his daughter Jamie in the Douglas High School shooting.
Moments before at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, Rubio had argued with Democrat Congressman Ted Deutsch about access to assault rifles.
In this regard, democrat senator Bill Nelson pointed that was a awful idea and also Israel rejected that professors should be armed. "Me and my friends worry we are going to be murdered in our classrooms". "Tell me you will do something about guns".
Student Cameron Kasky - one of the most vocal leaders of the Never Again movement that generated from the shooting in Parkland - asked him point blank about the millions in campaign donations he receives from the NRA.
Rubio, however, did say that he supported raising the age limit for legally obtaining AR-15-style rifles, which was used in the Parkland shooting, from 18 to 21.
Rubio said he does not support arming teachers and Nelson agreed saying Trump's suggestion on arming them was "a bad idea". He pushed for changes to Florida's Baker Act, which he said would allow law enforcement to seize guns and take a person against his or her will for a mental-health evaluation if "the totality of the circumstances" warrants it.
Said the Florida senator: "The answer to the question is that people buy into my agenda".
Loesch said that the NRA does not support people "who are insane, who are a danger to themselves, who are a danger to others, getting their hands on a firearm".