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Politics Marco Rubio tells March for Our Lives crowd many oppose gun bans

23:56  24 march  2018
23:56  24 march  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

Students protesting gun violence in nationwide school walkout

  Students protesting gun violence in nationwide school walkout The 17-minute walkout is a tribute to the 17 killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and a call to action against gun violenceAccording to the Say #Enough website, which compiles the stories of shooting victims and advocates for change, there will be more than 3,000 walkouts held in communities coast to coast and in Puerto Rico. Students participating in the movement left or were leaving their classes at 10 a.m. in their respective time zone.

Participants hold up signs as students and gun control advocates hold the © Leah Millis/Reuters Participants hold up signs as students and gun control advocates hold the "March for Our Lives" event demanding gun control after recent school shootings at a rally in Washington, U.S., March 24, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who has been criticized by many survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, told people who attended Saturday's rallies that he respects their views but does not "agree with all of the solutions they propose."

"I commend those who today are peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights to march in favor of a gun ban," Rubio said in a statement about the March for Our Lives protests across the nation

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"While I do not agree with all of the solutions they propose, I respect their views and recognize that many Americans support certain gun bans. However, many other Americans do not support a gun ban. They too want to prevent mass shootings, but view banning guns as an infringement on the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens that ultimately will not prevent these tragedies," he said. 

Rubio went on to caution people marching for gun control that while "protests are a legitimate way of making a point, in our system of government, making a change requires finding common ground with those who hold opposing views." 

The senator mentioned recent actions to address mass shootings such as the proposed bump stock ban and the STOP School Violence Act that provides $50 million a year to improve school safety measures. 

What's next for the movement against gun violence after National Walkout Day

  What's next for the movement against gun violence after National Walkout Day A generation of students raised in the shadow of gun violence is sending a loud and united message to lawmakers: Enough is enough. Load Error A month after a gunman killed 17 people at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, students across the country demanded lawmakers set up measures to prevent another mass shooting. In an unprecedented show of unity dubbed National Walkout Day, students put down their books and left class at 10 a.m. in each time zone for at least 17 minutes -- one for each person killed at the Florida school.

Rubio added that "finding common ground is what it will take to pass our red flag law so we can take guns away from dangerous people." 

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Rubio has frequently been derided by the Parkland students who have become gun control activists.  

On Saturday, students wore orange $1.05 price tags — the amount Rubio has received from the gun lobby divided by the number of students in Florida — to suggest that's how much their lives were worth to him.

Rubio was savaged during a Feb. 21 CNN town hall where students demanded Rubio refuse to accept future contributions from the gun lobby. Rubio, who declined meet that demand, was called "pathetically weak" by the father of one girl who was murdered in the shooting.

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