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WashPost: Critics Say Rubio All Talk, No Action

WashPost: Critics Say Rubio All Talk, No Action
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 20 February 2018 10:58 PM

Last Thursday, one day after a gunman opened fire at a high school in Florida, killing 17 and injuring at least 17, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said gun restrictions would not have prevented the mass shooting.

The Republican lawmaker, who received $3.3 million from the National Rifle Association as of October 2017, made similar comments following the 2016 shooting at an Orlando nightclub where 49 people were killed.

But he also called the Orlando shooting “heartbreaking” and that it “deeply impacted” him, and last week said, “if we do something, it should be something that works.”

Critics have dismissed Rubio’s remarks as all talk and no action, and the lawmaker is now facing backlash from students and gun control advocates as he has resisted several efforts to tighten gun laws, according to a report in The Washington Post.

After the Orlando shooting, Rubio joined most Republicans in rejecting four competing gun proposals. He also voted to block the Social Security Administration from reporting mentally impaired recipients to a national background-check database. He did propose a measure that would have made it harder for suspected terrorists to buy guns, but it failed to gain any traction.

Students have spoken up against Rubio and have urged him to do more.

“It’s not our job to tell you, Senator Rubio, how to protect us. The fact that we even have to do this is appalling,” junior Cameron Kasky said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “Our job is to go to school, learn and not take a bullet. You need to figure this out. That’s why you were unfortunately elected. Your job is to protect us and our blood is on your hands.”

Rubio on Tuesday responded to his critics, telling Politico that a task force of experts should examine the “epidemic” of mass shootings. He also said he would be open to expanding background checks, banning so-called “bump-fire” conversion kits and improving violence-prevention programs.

“If you’re going to talk about gun violence, you’re going to have to focus on the gun part. But you also have to focus on the violence part,” Rubio told Politico. “What is the catalyst causing people to do this?”

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Last Thursday, one day after a gunman opened fire at a high school in Florida, killing 17 and injuring at least 17, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said gun restrictions would not have prevented the mass shooting.
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