As hundreds of thousands of people marched on Saturday in support of common sense gun reform and to honor the 38,000+ Americans killed by gun violence every year, one Florida senator took time to tell those students he does not support their cause.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said in a Saturday statement that there are “many other Americans who do not support a gun ban” because they view it as a threat to the Second Amendment.
My full statement on today's marches: pic.twitter.com/ZpRNotSbyP
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) March 24, 2018
“While I do not agree with all of the solutions they propose, I respect their views and recognize that many Americans support certain gun bans,” Rubio said. “However, many other Americans do not support a gun ban. They too want to prevent mass shootings, but view banning guns as an infringement on the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens that ultimately will not prevent these tragedies.”
His statement, released just before the March for Our Lives event in Washington, D.C., ended, received immediate criticism on social media, especially for his characterization of the march as a demand for a “gun ban.”
“Was having teens own you on national television not humiliating enough? You need to be owned online too?” author and music journalist Dan Ozzi tweeted.
Was having teens own you on national television not humiliating enough? You need to be owned online too?
— Dan Ozzi (@danozzi) March 24, 2018
“Saying this march is about banning guns is a gross oversimplification,” Twitter user Alyssa Marie wrote. “Instead of fostering a healthy discussion you are cowering behind a cheap deflection tactics. I hope to God I’m not living in Florida in 2022, but I WILL dedicate time and money to outing you as a senator.”