Parkland teens again go after NRA, Rubio in wake of Jacksonville shooting

Yesterday at a Madden tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, a disgruntled gamer opened fire and killed two people, another in a string of public massacres that have become all too common in the U.S.

And once again, Americans—who overwhelmingly support changes to the status quo on gun rights—directed their ire at the National Rifle Association (NRA), the lobbying agency that fights for gun rights, as well as the politicians who accept donations from it.

Leading the charge were the vocal teens of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who became advocates in the wake of the Valentine’s Day shooting at their school in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17.

“Remember in November,” David Hogg wrote.

Other kids, who have grown up in an era of mass shootings, rallied as well.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) drew a brunt of their criticism on Twitter, too.

After Rubio tweeted about the shooting, his inefficacy in enacting (or even proposing) any legislation in the wake of the Parkland shooting also came up again.

“[W]e should also start focusing more on WHY people commit violence,” he wrote.

Rubio’s tweet Monday morning didn’t do him any favors, ignoring one of the common denominators in all these shootings.

Of course, as with any gun debate, while many advocated for more restrictions in a nation where firearms are easier to access than anyone else in the world, more guns is also always presented as a solution to these killings.

Like from the NRA’s Dana Loesch who complained about “gun free zones,” which are a common target from NRA supporters.

That didn’t go over too well online, either.

While this conversation may seem banal—having happened time and time again without many changes—November is fast approaching, the first election after Las Vegas, Parkland, Sutherland Springs, Annapolis, and now Jacksonville.

David Covucci

David Covucci

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