Kudos to Marco Rubio for not shying away from angry tough questions

 CNN held a televised town hall last night (February 21st) in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting last week, with students, parents and teachers from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the audience. Among those asking questions were parents and siblings of the 17 people who were killed, as well as the Stoneman Douglas students who've emerged as leaders of the post-attack calls for action to prevent more mass shootings. Republican Senator Marco Rubio was the focus of anger from many as the only Republican of three lawmakers there and as a recipient of significant donations from the National Rifle Association. Rubio insisted he wasn't going to stop taking NRA donations, saying he'd always been a gun rights supporter and that the NRA supported him because of his positions, not the other way around, and also said he wouldn't support a semi-automatic weapons ban. However, he did shift on some gun positions, saying he would favor raising the minimum age for buying an assault rifle from 18 to 21 and would consider restricting the size of magazines for firearms. He also disagreed with a suggestion President Trump made at his own forum earlier in the day, with Rubio saying he wouldn't be in favor of arming teachers. Rubio said he was trying to find common ground, and got credit from his Democratic fellow Senator Bill Nelson for showing up. Trump and Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott were invited to the town hall, but declined to come. Also present was Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch, who represents Parkland.


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