Watch CNN's Scripted Anti-Gun Town Hall Go Completely Off The Rails

Yolanda Curtis
February 23, 2018

Rubio, who was booed by the crowd several times during the discussion, said he supported legislation to raise the minimum age to purchase a firearm, ban bump stocks and to make changes to the background system.

Rubio said, "Of course they were", and said he would support a law that takes away the ability of an 18-year-old to buy a rifle.

"If I believed that that law would've prevented this from happening I would've supported it", he said of the shooting.

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., said he wants to see assault rifles like the AR-15 off the streets.

"But you just told this group you were standing up for them", he said.

Deutch, the hometown congressman who has been a strong, longtime advocate of gun control, gave fiery calls for banning what he called "weapons of war", and denouncing opposition to gun reforms.

You can watch the full exchange above.

"I want to like you". She asked lawmakers what they planned to do to strengthen background checks on gun purchasers. "And one of the things that she speaks out about loudly now is how she wished she would have had the ability to be able to have some sort - a shotgun, whatever it was, to be able to defend herself".

"I call BS", Ms Loesch said, echoing a phrase invoked by students who survived the Florida shooting as they rally for tougher gun laws.

As the 50th anniversary of her father's assassination approaches, the daughter of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said limiting gun access is long overdue.

But the students and others, and the crowd reactions sounded as if they heard her argument as offensively irrelevant, as completely tone deaf to what they wanted to discuss: the role of the guns in Cruz's hands.

The event at the White House included survivors from Stoneman Douglas, and families affected by the shootings at Columbine High School and Sandy Hook Elementary School.

A woman cries on Wednesday as she visits a makeshift memorial set up in front of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

A CNN spokesman said that its security personnel accompanied all the speakers, including Ms. Loesch, from the stage, and that Ms. Loesch also had her own private security.

"I do believe what you're saying is true", the senator added.

"So right now, in the name of 17 people, you can not ask the NRA to keep their money out of your campaign?" asked student Cameron Kasky. "CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted", Haab said.

"So right now, in the name of 17 people, you can not ask the NRA to keep their money out of your campaign?"

"This individual was nuts, and I - nor the millions of people that I represent as a part of this organization that I'm here speaking for - none of us support people who are insane, who are a danger to themselves, who are a danger to others, getting their hands on a firearm", Loesch said.

But when asked by Stoneman Douglas student Cameron Kasky if he would stop accepting donations from the National Rifle Association, Rubio answered indirectly.

"I think if changes are going to be made, these kids are going to do it". And let me tell you, our students are ready for this moment. It would be crass to say that this awful moment might help relaunch his political career, but there was certainly a sense that the self-examination he went through on stage might lead him to the goal he has sometimes seemed to lack since returning to the Senate.

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