At CNN's town hall event on gun violence, Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was killed in the Parkland shooting, confronted Sen. Marco Rubio on his opposition to reinstating the assault weapons ban: "Look at me and tell me guns were the factor in the hunting of our kids ... and you will work with us to do something about guns." Rubio does not make the commitment.
"I want to like you," Guttenberg told Rubio. "Here's the problem, and I'm a brutally honest person, so I'm just gonna say it up front. When I like you, you know it, and when I'm pissed at you, you know it. Your comments this week and those of our president have been pathetically weak," Guttenberg told the Florida Republican, causing a standing ovation from the crowd.
"Look at me and tell me: guns were the factor in the hunting of our kids in this school this week," he continued. "And look at me and tell me you accept it and you will work with us to do something about guns."
"If I believed that that law would have prevented this from happening, I would support it,” Rubio said.
"Look at me and tell me you will do something about guns," Fred Guttenberg said.
Rubio responded saying, "I will look at you and tell you what I said, and repeat it," earning wide boos from the crowd.
"Were guns a factor?" Guttenberg asked.
"I will support the banning of bump stocks," Rubio said. "I think what you're asking about is the assault weapon ban. If I believed that the passing of that law would prevent this, I would support it, but it does not," he said, earning more boos.
"My daughter, who was running down the halls when she was shot, was killed by these guns. If you can't see that, then I'm sorry," Guttenberg said.
Rubio scores an own goal when he says the assault weapons ban "would literally ban every semi-automatic rifle that's sold in America" and the crowd erupts in cheers pic.twitter.com/VfIqxCloyo— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 22, 2018
Video courtesy of CNN.