At Contentious CNN Town Hall, Students Put Pressure on Elected Officials

Andrew Cummings
February 24, 2018

Emma Gonzalez and other Parkland, FL shooting survivors laid into the NRA's Dana Loesch during a dramatic CNN town hall. Rubio soon got an earful from Fred Guttenberg, the father of a 14-year-old girl who was killed in the Parkland, Florida, shooting.

No other moment during the emotional town hall may have been more telling than when Loesch brought up a rape survivor who wished she had a gun to defend herself - and was booed.

Marc Rubio, Guttenberg called Rubio's comments immediately following the shooting "pathetically weak". Rubio called for an investigation into the FBI's apparent mishandling of warnings it received about the school shooter.

Dana Loesch, a spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association took some pointed questions during a raucous CNN town-hall event on gun violence Wednesday night.


Rubio responds: "I traditionally have not supported looking at magazine-clip size".

Though Rubio tried to side-step the question, Kasky continued his line of questioning, even at one point framing the question, "in the name of 17 people, you can not ask the NRA to keep their money out of your campaign?"

"Using supporting detail, explain to me how an 18-year-old with a military rifle is well regulated". "CNN did not provide or script questions for anyone in last night's town hall, nor have we ever".

He said he "absolutely" accepted that guns were a factor in the attack. Though the exchange between Rubio and Kasky was frequently interrupted by the crowd, Kasky managed to boldly ask Rubio, "Can you tell me right now that you will not accept a single donation from the NRA in the future?" He also said he does not support arming teachers in classrooms, a suggestion mentioned by President Trump earlier yesterday, but that he would support laws changing the system for background checks.


"Will my school campus be safe when I return", one student asked.

In the wake of criticism the NRA has received following last week's tragedy, Loesch said prevention should include ensuring that risky individuals are not able to obtain firearms. "I think that [Jake Tapper] lost control".

Emma Gonzalez, one of the most vocal survivors of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, asked Loesch whether she believes it should be more hard for people to obtain semi-automatic weapons and modifications like bump stocks that can mimic fully automatic weapons.

"I just still can't believe something like this could ever take place, and I know a lot of us would never have thought it would have taken place at our school", said Stoneman Douglas sophomore Macey Geller.


Loesch, as well as Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, Florida lawmakers Rep. Ted Deutch and Sens. But you just told this group of people that you are standing up.

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