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.

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.

It wasn’t just the Florida lawmaker. Many elected Republicans were blasted for supporting the NRA.

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

Ramon Ramirez

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.