Shortly after the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Democrats and their anti-gun lobby began pointing the finger at those they felt were responsible for the shooting.
Instead of identifying the real culprit, the actual shooter Nikolas Cruz as being the sole responsible party, Democrats instead all-but blamed the NRA and Senator Marco Rubio as being complicit in the act.
Because Rubio benefitted from the gun organization spending millions of dollars on his past senatorial campaigns, Democrats tried to paint Rubio as a pro-gun boogeyman who is beholden to the powerful gun lobby.
The embarrassing CNN town hall debate ‘aimed’ to draw attention to school shooting was nothing more than a staged anti-NRA, anti-gun rally where Rubio was targeted as the villain.
Now with all the talk of gun reform, according to Rubio and others, there is real bipartisan reform for getting something done in respect to ending gun violence
During one of the many Senate floor debates about the Parkland shooting, Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D) cited and applauded what Rep. Brian Mast (R) said about banning semi-automatic rifles. Mast inexplicably flip-flopped on his past support for AR-15 and called for a ban of the weapon, saying that the kind of gun he used while in the U.S. Army should not be available for everyday Americans.
After Gillibrand spoke, Rubio took the floor. Rubio stated that there was “common ground,” a “consensus” among senators to prevent school shootings, and questioned what “changes in federal law could have prevented” the Parkland shooting.
Before Rubio outlined his plan of action, he noted that he had met with Broward school board administrators, teachers, parents of victims, victims, and experts in firearm sales to help him better address the issue legislatively.
Rubio believes that “if current laws were enforced,” and if the two separate warnings to the Broward Sheriff’s Office and FBI were followed up on, the shooting would have been prevented.
“People saw something, and people said something.”-Sen. Marco Rubio
Rubio’s “comprehensive” plan of action is comprised of a series of measures that would push for “gun violence restraining orders,” school training for teachers, students and administrators to better identify and report threats, increased background checks, scrutinize the failing Promise program for kids, address “straw purchases,” to mention a few.
But in keeping in line with his support for the 2nd Amendment, Rubio is only saying that he would consider possibilities of changing the age to buy and owning a AR-15 style rifle from 18 to 21, and implored his colleagues in the U.S. Congress to look past their personal gun interests and preferences, and pass bipartisan legislation “that will work.”
“Do not hold hostage a piece of legislation that will work and that we all support because it doesn’t have everything you want.”