Senator Marco Rubio was quick to tweet his condolences over the tragic South Florida high school shooting which left 17 dead on Thursday. Critics were just as swift in pointing out Rubio has received over $3.3 million in campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association.
The New York Daily News responded to a series of tweets from Rubio about the shooting, the first of which read, “I spoke to Broward School Superintendent. Today is that terrible day you pray never comes.”
“Marco Rubio received $90,205 in campaign donations from gun rights groups during the 2015-2016 campaign cycle and received an ‘A+’ grade from the NRA,” tweeted the publication on Wednesday evening. “Rubio has received $3,303,355 over the course of his career as an elected official.”
Many on Twitter called BS on what they perceived to be Rubio’s false sense of tragedy and helplessness:
Rubio later appeared on Fox News, where he said “maybe there is a law that could have prevented this instance. But we don’t know that and neither do they.” The senator also warned against “jumping to conclusions,” reiterating how “I think it’s important to know all of that before you jump to conclusions that there was some law that we could have passed that would have prevented it. And there may be, but shouldn’t we at least know the facts?” He claimed it was not appropriate for the Senate to use this shooting as an opportunity to enact any sort of gun control legislation.
Twitter proceeded to blast off examples of nations as undisputed evidence that gun control legislation prevents gun massacres:
The New York Daily News wasn’t the only one to call Rubio out on his hypocrisy, voicing sadness at gun violence in the U.S. only to reside in the pocket of the NRA and vote against gun control legislation at every opportunity:
The New York Times reported the AR-15 rifle used by shooter Nikolas Cruz used in the school massacre was purchased legally. “No laws were violated in the procurement of this weapon,” said Peter J. Forcelli, the special agent in charge for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Miami.
You don’t need a license to buy a gun in Florida. You don’t need firearms registration or, in most cases, to go through a background check. This includes purchasing semi-automatic weapons. Less than two years after the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, absolutely no legislation towards gun control has been passed in Florida or elsewhere in the United States.