Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has come under intense criticism from survivors of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for accepting donations from the National Rifle Association (NRA).
A student who survived the massacre blasted the Florida senator on Twitter early Friday, suggesting he is “easy to buy” for accepting donations from the NRA.
“We should change the names of AR-15s to ‘Marco Rubio’ because they are so easy to buy,” Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School sophomore Sarah Chadwick tweeted Friday.
On Wednesday at a CNN town hall with survivors of the shooting, junior Cameron Kasky asked Rubio if he would commit to no longer accepting donations from the gun group.
“Senator Rubio, can you tell me right now that you will not accept a single donation from the NRA in the future?” Kasky asked.
Rubio didn’t directly answer, telling Kasky that “people buy into my agenda” and saying he supports both the Second Amendment and “the right of you and everyone here to be able to go to school and be safe.”
Rubio, who has an A+ rating from NRA and has received $3,303,355 in donations from the NRA, was repeatedly confronted during the town hall event, with the father of one girl killed during the attack calling Rubio’s comments “pathetically weak.”
Students have become strong advocates for gun control legislation in the wake of the shooting and have taken to social media to call out lawmakers, including Rubio and President Trump, for their inaction on gun control.
We should change the names of AR-15s to “Marco Rubio” because they are so easy to buy.
— Sarah Chadwick// #NEVERAGAIN (@sarahchad_) February 23, 2018