Channeling "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," an Oscar-nominated movie starring Woody Harrelson still in theaters, South Florida is calling out the inaction of Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., after the school shooting that left 17 dead this week.
"Slaughtered in school," "And still no gun control," "How come, Marco Rubio?" read three mobile billboards outside Rubio's office in Doral, Florida, as CNN reported Friday.
The billboards mimicked those in the Harrelson movie, which depicts an outraged mom questioning local police's inability to solve her daughter's murder by buying three roadside billboards.
South Florida's mobile billboard campaign trolling of Rubio was created by online activist group Avaaz and run through the streets of Miami, according to the report.
"Florida has notoriously lax gun laws, and Rubio, who is supported by the NRA, has never attempted to reform them," Avaaz's deputy director Emma Ruby-Sachs told CNN. "The senator ranks as one of the highest recipients of NRA contributions and has received an A-plus rating from the NRA.
"Today citizens are asking: How come Rubio refuses to protect our children? The senator has taken fire across the country for his toothless response to the shooting, calling it 'inexplicable.' We called [that] 'inexcusable.'"
Rubio released a statement Friday:
"It is inexcusable that the FBI failed to follow protocols and inform the Miami Field Office that people close to the Parkland, Florida, shooter warned the Bureau over a month ago of his desire to kill, his mental state and erratic behavior. The fact that the FBI is investigating this failure is not enough.
"Both the House and Senate need to immediately initiate their own investigations into the FBI's protocols for ensuring tips from the public about potential killers are followed through. Lawmakers and law enforcement personnel constantly remind the public that 'If you see something, say something.' In this tragic case, people close to the shooter said something, and our system utterly failed the families of seventeen innocent souls."
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