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GOP Sen. Marco Rubio Twists In The Wind At Florida Town Hall Meeting
on Guns

February 22, 2018

Florida school student shooting survivor Cameron Kasky looked Rubio in the eye and asked Rubio if he would stop accepting money from the National Rifle Association. CLICK TO ENLARGE
Chronicle opinion
By Rex D. Cain

(FLORIDA) – There are two things you can say about Florida’s Republican Senator Marco Rubio in the wake of last night’s heated and very frank CNN Town Hall meeting that was broadcast from Florida, home to the latest mass school shooting and 17 dead.

One, at least the NRA’s favorite Water Boy showed up to take the heat. Rubio gets credit for that. President Trump and Florida’s Republican Governor Rick Scott both declined to be on the show or even appear via a live video link. Gutless wonders, both of them.

And here all this time President Trump has expended so much twitter energy trying to convinced the world he ‘s such a tough guy instead of the wining, cry baby, insecure wimp that he is.

Have you ever noticed that pampered, five-draft deferment rich boys with soft hands, big bellies and the brain power of a gnat are rarely tough guys?

The second thing is, it was worth the price of admission to watch the gun lobby’s faithful and well paid shill Rubio twist in the wind in the face of all those hard and direct questions thrown at him by tough, smart and very pissed off teenage survivors of that Parkland school massacre and the parents of all those newly dead children.

They showed up to face their elected leaders and tell them no more empty “thoughts and prayers" for the families” nonsense, but direct action about guns. That is what they want because it IS about guns, no matter how many times the NRA tries to convince people it is not.

Get a clue boys

These kids and their families were saying as loud and as direct as they could, get a clue you elected leaders, enough is enough.

There’s no reason some 18 year year old troubled kid should be able to walk into a gun store or gun show and walk out with essentially a weapon of war with 30-round magazines and the next day kill and maim dozens of people in a matter of a few minutes with rapid fire action and precision.

Get a clue, these kids and their families said. The 2nd Amendment was written when Americans were using single shot muskets that took a very long time to reload. Get up to speed elected leaders. This ain’t 1822 anymore.

The setting and content was eerily reminiscent of the ancient Bob Dylan song:

“Come Senators and Congressmen please heed the call, don't stand in the doorway don't block up the hall for he that gets hurt will be he who has stalled. There's a battle outside and it is ragin'. It'll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls for the times they are a-changin'. “

Some highlights from the Town Hall:

~ Not surprisingly when student Cameron Kasky looked Rubio in the eye and asked Rubio whether he would stop accepting money from the National Rifle Association (crowd gives the kid a standing ovation at that question) Rubio did not say no (boos from the crowd for Little Marco). Rubio did the standard nervous politician two-step on that one, blabbing on about, “The positions I hold on these issues of the Second Amendment, I've held since the day I entered office in the city of West Miami as an elected official. People buy into my agenda, and I do support the Second Amendment."

They sure do buy into it Sen. Rubio. To the tune of over $3 Million for you according to a tally by the New York Times. No wonder Marco wouldn't say no. He loves the dough! The NRA money is perhaps the single biggest reason you get to keep your $174,000 a year government job with free parking and a full benefits package for you and the family. Happiness is a warm AR-15 and NRA money.

~ Now that Marco is seeing a bit of the home state tide turning on him, all of a sudden he's willing to change his tune on a few things. Says he’ll support raising the age to buy rifles from 18 to 21 (awfully big of him) and he thinks there may be enough votes in the Senate to make that change.

~ Now, after the latest school murders, he says he’s open to reconsidering the capacity of gun magazines to hold so many rounds. You can kill a lot of folks very quickly with an AK-47 stoked with 30-round mags. If those oh-so venerated “founding fathers” of America had seen that one coming, it would have scared the bejeejesus out of them and they might have considered deep-sixing the 2nd Amendment altogether.

~ Rubio says he’s not a fan of “arming” teachers in school, which indicates nothing more than he’s not a total moron (yet). President Trump thinks that’s a swell idea which proves he’s a bonafide dimwit and getting dimmer by the minute.

~ Rubio says he's in favor of a “gun violence restraining order” that allows authorities under certain limited circumstances to not just prevent someone from buying a gun but also allows authorities to take guns away from that person. There's already laws on the books in California and Oregon that allow people to petition a court to remove a person's access to guns.

During the meeting Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL), when talking about the wide public support for stricter gun laws yet the US Congress year after year does nothing admitted that "our democracy is a little broken."

What a surprise Ted. What a surprise.


At CNN’s Town Hall meeting broadcast live Wednesday night, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sen. Ben Nelson (D-FL), Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch and Broward county Sheriff Scott Israel answered questions from survivors of the school shooting at Stoneman Douglas high school shooting, teachers and parents of the victims.



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