Shooting victim's father confronts Marco Rubio at CNN event


That is the message that was clearly articulated by survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during a heated two-hour Town Hall hosted by CNN last night in Broward County, FL. Students, along with friends and family of those killed, spoke face-to-face with Florida legislators and confronted them about gun control and the urgency of making schools safer in the United States.

Rubio, who was the sole Republican on a panel that included Senator Bill Nelson and U.S. Representative Ted Deutch, was pushed by students and parents to state definitively how he would act following the shooting at Stoneman Douglas last week, which left 17 dead.

Fred Guttenberg, the father of Jaime Guttenberg, one of the 17 killed last week in Parkland, FL, pressed Rubio on the role of guns and assault weapons in the shooting.

People stood and cheered Mr Guttenberg as he challenged Mr Rubio to tell him the truth, to acknowledge "guns were the factor in the hunting of our kids".

Deutch at one point engaged in a brief debate with Rubio, saying that a gun that allowed the shooter to fire off 150 rounds in six to seven minutes "should be banned".

Al Hoffman Jr., an influential GOP donor who backed Rubio's first run for the Senate in 2010, expressed disappointment that Rubio didn't take a stronger stand against assault weapons. "It's the problem that once you start looking at how easy it is to get around it, you would literally have to ban every semi-automatic rifle that's sold in America", Rubio said, to which the crowd erupted into cheers seemingly in support of a ban. If your boss calls you into their office, you can't say, 'Yes, I hit a customer, yes, I turned turned the break room into a sex dungeon and yes I'm now very high.

Have we seen town halls before? Yes.

"Absolutely", Rubio replied. "Not only will you live to serve our country, you, and you, and all of you will have a chance to change our country".

Rubio took the heat on receiving donations from the NRA.

"If you had a teacher who is adept at firearms, it could very well end the attack very quickly", Trump said. "And anybody who says different - we're calling BS on that". "The influence of these groups comes not from money, the influence comes from the millions of people who support the agenda". "I don't feel like they answered the questions". 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.

No significant gun restrictions have been passed in Washington DC since an assault weapons ban in 1994.

According to a mission statement for March For Our Lives, students across the country will converge on Washington next month to say the nation can no longer wait to tackle issues of school safety and gun control reform.

On Wednesday night, Senator Marco Rubio came ready to spout weak defenses for gun rights at a town hall that CNN organized. Rubio also said he did not agree with President Donald Trumps push to arm teachers.

The senator then tried to distance himself from the NRA's politics, claiming he would continue to do what he thinks is right, and declaring his support for the second amendment.

"I'm supposed to go back to school in the upcoming week", said Schachter.

Ryan Schachter, whose brother Alex, was fatally gunned down at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was among those questioning the lawmakers.

"I don't believe teachers should be armed".

Mr Guttenberg added: "And tell me you will work with us to do something about guns".