Florida school shooting survivor just dunked on Marco Rubio’s NRA defense in epic fashion

- Februari 23, 2018

On Wednesday, CNN held a town hall discussion with survivors of the horrific Stoneman Douglas High School mass shootings, representatives of the NRA, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL).

Rubio is supported by the NRA and ended up receiving quite the (well-deserved) verbal lashing during the night’s proceedings. It should be said that stepping onto that stage — knowing fully aware he would be castigated mercilessly — demonstrated at least a shred of courage, something that is usually lacking in the infamously spineless Senator.

That said, he completely failed to engage with the debate in a substantive. He rattled off his usual, pro-gun, robotic talking points and refused to take any kind of real moral leadership on the issue. Given that the massacre happened in the state he represents, he has a special responsibility to help craft a solution to avoid future tragedies. So far, he’s come up woefully short.

Late last night, Sarah Chadwick, one of the most outspoken Stoneman Douglas survivors, ripped into Rubio with a brutal tweet. She suggested changing the name of AR-15’s — the rifle used to murder her classmates — to “Marco Rubio” because both are way too easy to buy.

Ms. Chadwick is absolutely spot-on. There is no reason why a civilian needs an AR-15. It’s a weapon modified from a rifle originally intended for combat use in the jungles of Vietnam. It’s complete overkill for self-defense.

The only real argument to be made for the AR-15 is that people like owning them and shooting them for fun. But if that’s the only case to be made, one must weigh it against the cost. Is someone’s gun hobby worth letting children die en masse? Any moral person would answer that question with a resounding no.

The response to her witty tweet was overwhelmingly supportive. One of the most prominent users to weigh in was screenwriter Beau Willimon, the creator of Netflix’s House of Cards.

Other users were just as effusive.

 

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