Marco Rubio Makes Post-School Shooting Statement That Has Americans Furious

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Republicans echo themselves after every shooting. “Thoughts and prayers,” they say. “My condolences go out to the victims and their families.” “We couldn’t have prevented this.” “It’s too soon to talk about solutions, it’s a time for unity and respect.”

Yet Americans have had enough of these empty, meaningless platitudes. We are the only industrialized nation that suffers from this. Gun control works, as other nations have shown. It’s in the numbers. It’d be in our numbers, too, except that Republicans have actually blocked gun violence from even being studied by the federal government.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio just betrayed his constituents and spit in the faces of those victims and their families by repeating the same tired line about it being “too soon” to discuss solutions to the endless scourge of bullets.

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In an interview with Fox News, he stated:

‘People don’t know how this happened: who this person is, what motivated them.

‘I think it’s important to know all of that before you jump to conclusions that there’s some law that we could have passed that could have prevented it. I also hope people reserve judgment. I have seen a lot of people on television talking about why this happened.

‘The facts of the case are important and the more details that become available, we will have a deeper conversation about why these things are happening, but it’s a day you pray will never happen has happened.’

Here’s the video:

When there seem to be shootings every other week or more, it’s getting increasingly sickening to hear the line about it being “too soon” to discuss solutions. How long should we wait? What is the acceptable time period after one shooting and before the next where we can have open discussions about how to fix this bleeding, gaping wound in our society? The reality of the situation is this: When events happen, they dominate the news cycle. And societal discussion revolves around media coverage and the news cycle almost by definition. This is, in reality, the only time we have to discuss solutions to gun violence.

Marco Rubio isn’t interested in asking “deeper questions” about any violent incident. Instead, his tactic is to avoid discussion until it all blows over and the next shooting happens. His hands are bloody and he is complicit in this.

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No, we don’t know what caused this particular shooting, although authorities have stated that the shooter used a military-style AR-15 assault rifle. Yet we do know that there are simple solutions to mitigate common gun violence that Republicans won’t even consider. First and foremost, a comprehensive, accurate, and easy-to-use universal background check system needs to be implemented. Felons, domestic abusers, and those with a history of certain mental health issues should not be able to obtain a firearm. Our current system is rife with unethical actors and easy-to-exploit loopholes that make it all too easy for guns to end up in the hands of someone who should not have it.

If an unsecured firearm is stolen from a gun owner and used in a murder or other crime, the owner needs to be held criminally liable. Nobody should ever be able to easily access a weapon other than the person who owns it. Magazine capacities should be limited to increase reload times and decrease the body count during mass casualty incidents. There are plenty of other simple solutions that do not restrict the right to bear arms, but the bloody-handed GOP, owned by the NRA, will never consider even slightly changing the status quo. The blood of innocents fills their campaign coffers, so why would they?

Here’s a member of the U.S. Senate who actually seems to get it:

Here’s more from Vox:

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