Following a devastating high school shooting at Parkland, Florida’s Stoneman Douglas High School last week–when 17 kids were killed by a student with a AR-15 rifle–CNN gathered local parents, students, and their state representatives for a live broadcasted Town Hall. Congressman Ted Deutch, Sen. Bill Nelson, and Sen. Marco Rubio were questioned directly by the student survivors that have been actively challenging the government in the news and in protest on issues of gun control and student safety in the wake of the incident.
During the two hour meeting, Florida’s representatives feet were held to the fire over their failures to prevent mass murders like this, but none more than Marco Rubio, who has taken millions in donations from the NRA since his first year as a senator. Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was killed in the shooting, asked an especially significant request of Rubio. “Look at me and tell me guns were the factor in the hunting of our kids,” he said to the senator. “And that you will work with us to do something about guns.” To this, Rubio responded that if he “believed a law [banning assault rifles] would’ve prevented the murders” he would support it but that he couldn’t say that.
Watch video of Kasky and Rubio at the town hall below: