Mass Shooting Survivors Tear Into Marco Rubio Following Deadly Tournament Tragedy

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As the horrifying events of Sunday’s mass shooting at a video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida were released today, Florida Senator Marco Rubio tweeted concerned updates. Survivors of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, as well as family of those students who did not survive, were not having it.

Vocal supporter of common sense gun law reform and shooting survivor David Hogg, who faced mass criticism and death threats although he was a child survivor who lost friends and classmates, spoke out.

Hogg also said that he would be unfollowing any news organization who aired the photo, name, or details about the shooter. In a move to strip such shooters of the notoriety they so crave, victims and gun control advocates have pledged to boycott news outlets unless they focus on the casualties, the survivors, and their families instead of turning shooters into celebrities.

Another survivor, Delaney Tarr, pointed out that these shootings are becoming far too common in the state where Rubio sits in the state senate. Florida is also home to one of the largest mass shootings in modern history at Pulse Nightclub in Miami, where 50 victims were killed.

Father of Jamie Guttenberg, a high schooler who was shot and killed at the school Hogg and Tarr attended, also spoke up against Rubio and other lawmakers who block effective reform while taking millions in campaign donations from the largest gun lobby organization in the United States, the NRA.

Thoughts and prayers have gotten us nowhere and the U.S. remains the country with the highest mass shooting numbers in the developed world. Until lawmakers are ready to come to the table with real solutions, the fight, as well as the senseless killings, will continue.

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