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At Tense Town Hall With Gun Violence Survivors, Rubio Signals Openness to Action

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) saw the raw emotions, and occasional ire, of survivors of gun violence at a CNN town hall on Wednesday night.

By NTK Staff | 02.22.2018 @11:00am
At Tense Town Hall With Gun Violence Survivors, Rubio Signals Openness to Action

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and other public officials attended a town hall in Florida last night, hosted by CNN, to discuss gun violence in the wake of a deadly school shooting in Parkland.

Emotions were high, as attendees young and old – many of them survivors of gun violence – took issue with Rubio’s past and current stances on guns. Axios captured two particularly tense moments:

And Politico noted that Rubio signaled openness to new measures that could prevent gun violence.

Jeered and booed by the crowd, buffeted by tough questions, Rubio stood alone as the only Republican onstage, in purple Florida’s liberal bastion of Broward County. He broke with President Trump on whether to arm teachers. Rubio said it was a bad idea. He said he would favor raising the minimum age to purchase an assault rifle from 18 to 21. And he said he would consider restricting the size of magazines for firearms.

Rubio tweeted after the town hall, calling the forum “important.”

And some reporters, including Nevada’s Jon Ralston, gave Rubio credit for going to a forum “knowing it was going to be all heat on him.”

Some liberals were not impressed, including former Obama speechwriter and current podcast celebrity Jon Lovett, who shared this somewhat cynical view:

Of course, while some were tweeting from the comfort of their homes during Wednesday night’s town hall, Rubio, as CNN noted, “showed up for the CNN town hall knowing there would be a heated debate on guns and he’d likely get booed often.”

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