Sen. Rubio Slams Divisive Gun Debate, Calls Political Dialogue ‘Nasty’

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

In the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., took to Twitter on Wednesday slamming the divisive gun debate and calling the political dialogue among Americans “nasty.”

The Florida senator stressed in particular how “we smear those who refuse to agree with us” and believes the Florida shooting, which killed 17 and injured at least 17 others, shows “arrogance” and “boasting” is most celebrated in the debate.

Rubio, the lone Republican lawmaker who participated in CNN’s “Stand Up” town hall last week with survivors of the Florida shooting, has faced criticism recently over his position on guns and the donations he has accepted from the National Rifle Association.

However, since the town hall, Rubio signaled a willingness to vote in favor of limited gun measures.

According to reports, Rubio said he would support laws barring those 18 and under from buying rifles, support changing the background checks system and getting rid of bump stocks, which allow semiautomatic guns to mimic fully automatic fire.

Although the gun debate has become a hot-button issue since the high school shooting rampage on Valentine’s Day, Rubio expressed that the argument he is making is not limited to this debate and is blaming the media for the “nasty” political dialogue among Americans.

According to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday, only 38 percent of Florida voters approve of Rubio’s job performance as senator.

Fifty-three percent of Florida voters disapprove of Rubio’s job performance and 9 percent said they didn’t know enough to answer.

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