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Marco Rubio’s NRA connections criticized following Florida shooting
Following Wednesday’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, which left “numerous” casualties, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) tweeted his support for his constituents. But the former presidential nominee’s continued advocacy for the National Rifle Association sparked immediate criticism.
“Just spoke to Broward School Superintendent. Today is that terrible day you pray never comes,” Rubio tweeted Wednesday afternoon.
Just spoke to Broward School Superintendent. Today is that terrible day you pray never comes.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 14, 2018
Rubio has accepted more than $3.3 million in political donations from the NRA and that means he’s the sixth-highest NRA benefactor, according to the New York Times. Users on Twitter were quick to remind him.
.@marcorubio received $90,205 in campaign donations from gun rights groups during the 2015-2016 campaign cycle and received an "A+" grade from the NRA. Rubio has received $3,303,355 over the course of his career as an elected official. https://t.co/Y8EJPrCR5V #thoughtsandprayers https://t.co/OKBHuajKeT
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) February 14, 2018
.@MarcoRubio has received over $3.3 million from the NRA– the sixth most in Congress.
This is your state, Senator. I hope that blood money was worth it. #GunControlNow
— Emma Vigeland (@EmmaVigeland) February 14, 2018
Marco Rubio is walking impotence.
— Tony Stark (@NatSecElitist) February 14, 2018
It wasn’t just the Florida lawmaker. Many elected Republicans were blasted for supporting the NRA.
This guy fought for a bill to allow guns on campuses https://t.co/f3mf586pKV
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) February 14, 2018
Rubio has said that he doesn’t believe gun control would have stopped recent mass shootings. “None of the major shootings that have occurred in this country over the last few months or years that have outraged us, would gun laws have prevented them,” he told CBS during his presidential campaign.
The details of Wednesday’s shooting remain unclear, and indeed there are more guns than people in the United States, according to the Washington Post—more than 310 million of them. The Washington Post concurred with Rubio: None of the recent mass shootings in the U.S. that made national headlines would have been curbed by the proposed gun-control regulations. But critics argue that speaks more to the problems with the proposed legislation. Likewise, the NRA has blocked gun violence research for more than 20 years, which could lead to more effective legislation proposals.
Ramon Ramirez is the news director, and formerly the Dot's entertainment editor and evening editor. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Grantland, Washington City Paper, Austin American-Statesman, and Austin Monitor.