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Students, Teachers & Parents Schooled Marco Rubio and the NRA on Gun Control

Students, Teachers & Parents Schooled Marco Rubio and the NRA on Gun Control


The emotional debate happened a CNN's Town Hall on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Republican senator Marco Rubio took the stage along with NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch at a CNN Town Hall in front of 7,000 people to take questions from those impacted by last week's deadly Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Texas. Things did not go well for the two.

Here are all the ways that Loesch and Rubio got schooled on gun control in the powerful, moving debate.

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Father Fred Guttenberg calls Rubio "weak"

Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter, Jaime Guttenberg, was killed in the shooting, told Rubio "your comments this week and those of our president have been pathetically weak."

"Look at me and tell me. Guns were the factor in the hunting of our kids in this school this week," Guttenberg said. "And look at me and tell me you accept it and you will work with us to do something about guns."

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Student Cameron Kasky challenged Rubio to say he wouldn't take more money from the NRA

"Can you tell me you won't take a single donation from the NRA?" Kasky said. "In the name of the 17 people who died, you can't ask the NRA to keep their money?" Rubio did not answer, saying only "people buy into my agenda."

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Rubio has accepted more than $3,303,335 from the NRA throughout his political career.

Student Ryan Deitsch asked why it's up to students to change the law

"We would like to know why do we have to be the ones to do this?" Deitsch asked. "Why do we have to speak out to the [state] Capitol? Why do we have to march on Washington, just to save innocent lives?"

Student Emma Gonzalez asks Dana Loesch to confirm that the NRA still supports semiautomatic and fully automatic weapons

"Dana Loesch, I want you to know that we will support your two children in a way that you will not," said Gonzalez. "The shooter at our school obtained weapons that he used on us legally. Do you think that it should be harder to obtain these semiautomatic and the modifications for these weapons that make them fully automatic like bump stocks?" After Loesch dodged the question, Gonzalez interrupted her and repeated the question. Loesch confirmed that the NRA still supports both.

Student Chris Grady got Rubio to say he was rethinking his position on large-capacity magazines

"Would you agree that there's no place in our society for large capacity magazines?" Grady asked. "After this, and some of the details I've learned, I am reconsidering that position," Rubio said.

Stoneman's drama club wrote and performed an anthem for the movement the students are leading

The song, called "Shine," sends the message "We're not going to let you win. We're putting up a fight. You may have brought the dark, but together we will shine the light."

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