Gun control has become even more of a larger topic in this country following the heartbreaking shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The survivors of the tragedy, especially the students, have been advocating for revising the laws.
But while they have been proactive in their plight, the government officials who have the power to change things aren’t proving their competency. One of them is Florida Congressional Senator Marco Rubio, who was confronted during CNN’s “Stand Up” town hall on Wednesday night by angry students, teachers, and parents who are demanding stronger plans for gun control.
Frank Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime Guttenberg was one of the 17 victims who was killed in the shooting, specifically targeted Rubio with his impressive question. He called Rubio and Donald Trump’s comments regarding plans to tackle gun violence “pathetically weak.” “Look at me and tell me. Guns were the factor in the hunting of our kids in this school this week. And look at me and tell me you accept it and you will work with us to do something about guns,” Guttenberg asked the senator as the audience gave him a standing ovation.
Sen. Rubio is confronted by Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was killed in the Parkland shooting: “Look at me and tell me guns were the factor in the hunting of our kids … and you will work with us to do something about guns” #StudentsStandUp https://t.co/vjDOxP1usk
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) February 22, 2018
Rubio’s response echoed his previous sentiments, as he explained “I’m saying that the problems we face here today cannot be solved by gun laws alone.” Guttenberg quickly interrupted him: “Were guns the factor in the hunting of our kids?”
Student Cameron Kasky also continued to question if Rubio will still accept donations from the NRA. “The positions I hold on these issues of the Second Amendment, I’ve held since the day I entered office in the city of West Miami as an elected official,” Rubio said. “People buy into my agenda, and I do support the Second Amendment.” The survivors’ demands were reflected on social media, with people having mixed feelings about what Rubio had to say.
"Student Cameron Kasky asks, 'Senator Rubio, can you tell me right now that you will not accept a single donation from the NRA?' to rapturous applause from the audience." #StudentsStandUp pic.twitter.com/I3LJ2EJKES
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 22, 2018
For those replying skeptically to this tweet, I'm not saying Rubio is joining the good guys—read my other tweets from tonight. I'm saying he, and the GOP generally, are feeling new and serious pressure.
— Angus Johnston (@studentactivism) February 22, 2018
Rubio also did not support President Trump viewpoint of arming teachers.
“I don’t support that. … The notion that my kids are going to school with teachers that are armed with a weapon is not something that, quite frankly, I’m comfortable with,” Rubio said.