Rubio: I support raising age limit on rifles

“So Sen. Rubio can you tell me right now that you will not accept a single donation from the NRA in the future?” Cameron Kasky a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school asked Sen. Marco Rubio at a town hall on CNN on Feb. 21 2018

One that was the highlight of the entire event occurred between Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Fred Guttenberg, the father of Jamie, a student who was one of the 17 people killed last week in the high school massacre. He clearly and simply asked, "So Senator Rubio, can you tell me right now that you will not accept a single donation from the NRA in the future?"

Rubio said, "I think in the name of 17 people, I can pledge to you that I will support any law that will prevent a killer like this from getting a gun", but he did not say he would refuse the NRA's money.

On a night where Rubio took so much abuse, both on and off camera, the most crushing part of the night was the moment when Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Cameron Kasky pressed him on whether he would once and for all say NRA money was no longer welcome in his coffers. "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", he said, and was cut off by applause from the crowd.

His comment drew jeers, and a visibly angry Mr Guttenberg responded: "That is a weapon of war".

"I agree with you, yes ma'am", Rubio said.

"The notion that my kids are going to school with teachers that are armed with a weapon is not something I'm comfortable with", he said.

"If you had a teacher who is adept at firearms, it could very well end the attack very quickly", Trump said. "That's what I believe a better answer will be". But I am saying that you love the ratings.

"I'm saying that the problems we are facing here today can not be solved by gun laws alone", Rubio said. (While we're here, spare me your praise of Rubio for "showing up" to the town hall, as if it constitutes some great act of moral courage for a public servant to show his face to his constituents.) Deep down, he often seems to sense his own hypocrisy, but he has no idea how extricate himself from this problem of his own creation.

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During the exchange at the town hall, Guttenberg asked Sen. Numerous deceased's friends and family members were in attendance and audibly booed Rubio for not committing to support stringent gun control legislation.

Kasky interrupted, "No, but I'm talking NRA money".

Rubio now has an A+ rating from the NRA, the highest possible grade for supporting the gun lobby's agenda. "Sen. Rubio, I want to like you".

Students, teachers and parents of victims asked Loesch about the actions the NRA is taking to prevent more school shootings. He said he pushed for a $50-million-a-year threat-assessment fund so states could identify people who could potentially commit mass shootings, and stop them.

Rubio said the country has not been able to make progress on the issue of gun control "but you do have a chance to change it".

Asked about what progress might be made in the wake of the shooting - the day after the Florida Legislature refused to debate a ban on some semiautomatic weapons and large-capacity magazines, Rubio said he backed the state implementing a gun violence restraining order system.

Rubio admitted that he had not been an advocate for changing the law in this area, but told Grady: "After this and some of the details I've learnt about it I'm reconsidering that position".

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