Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was killed during the gun massacre in Parkland, Florida, called Republican Sen. Marco Rubio “pathetically weak” on guns during a town hall debate on gun control in Sunrise, Florida.
Rubio accepted $3,298,405 from the NRA during the 2016 election, noted The Hill.
Guttenberg 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. And look at me and tell me you accept it and you will work with us to do something about guns.
The crowd broke out in wild applause and gave Guttenberg a standing ovation.
Rubio rewrote what his comments were about the Parkland shooting, and Guttenberg interrupted him and asked again if guns were a factor.
When the shooting happened, Rubio told told Fox News that all the facts had to be gathered before calling for gun control despite the clear facts that a gunman had killed 17 people:
It’s not, only because people don’t know how this happened. We don’t know] who this person is, what motivated them, how did they get a hold of the weapon that they used for this attack.
Rubio finally admitted to Guttenberg that guns were a factor, and said he supported banning gun purchases for 18 year olds, previously supported a more extensive background check and $50 million in federal dollars for a threat assessment fund for schools.
However, Rubio claimed that banning assault rifles would not have prevented the mass shooting in Parkland, even though the gunman used an assault rifle.
The audience loudly booed Rubio.
Guttenberg reminded Rubio that his daughter was shot in the back with an assault weapon in Parkland.
Guttenberg slammed Rubio for not standing with the audience of Parkland teachers and students.