'Pathetically Weak': Father Of Student Slain In Florida Excoriates Marco Rubio


Guttenberg lost his daughter Jamie in the Douglas High School shooting.

Rubio said he believes "the problems we face here today can not be solved by gun laws alone", but listed some measures he would back: banning bump stocks, adding more information to the background check system, and keeping 18-year-olds from buying rifles (he didn't explain whether he meant assault rifles or all rifles). Marco Rubio attempted to explain why a ban on assault rifles wouldn't have prevented the tragedy, and the audience's reaction was not quite what he was hoping for. CNN held a televised town hall Wednesday night with Florida lawmakers and school shooting survivors and their parents that heavily focused on legislation that could prevent other mass shootings.

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.

Guttenberg told Rubio his comments about the shooting "and those of your president this week have been pathetically weak".

"With only two weeks left of our annual legislative session, Governor Rick Scott will be in Tallahassee meeting with state leaders to work on ways to keep Florida students safe, including school safety improvements and keeping guns away from individuals struggling with mental illness", a spokesperson for the governor previously told CNN.

"It is too easy to get", Guttenberg added.

"And notice I said "crying white mothers" because there are thousands of grieving black mothers in Chicago every weekend, and you don't see town halls for them do you?"

Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat said, "I think it is a bad idea". I've hunted all my life.

He said he backs raising the age someone must be to buy a rifle or shotgun to 21, a position that the gun lobby group has rejected.

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Around the same time at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the National Rifle Association called for more armed security at schools even though there was an armed officer and security officer at the time of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.

"I'm supposed to go back to school in the upcoming week", said Schachter. As you may recall, Emma became a national sensation when she delivered an impassioned speech about the need for gun control on February 18.

Marco Rubio defended accepting contributions from the National Rifle Association, telling a Parkland school shooting survivor that the NRA's influence comes from the membership it represents.

"The answer to the question is that people buy into my agenda", Rubio responded.

Rubio avoided answering directly again, instead saying "if people want to support my agenda, they're welcome to do so".

Loesch faced a hostile environment from the start, given the pro-gun control tenor of the audience and questioners.

Sheriff Scott Israel of Broward County declared the USA has had enough of deadly shootings and that he was personally saddened to have to go through the crime scene of a "horrific killer" 30 minutes after the attack last week.

When Sen. Nelson was asked by junior Samantha Grady - who was shot twice at at the school last week - what he would do to strengthen background checks, he said that there are so many other things that can be done, but that "when you get right down to it, the gun is what is going to do the killing".