5 key moments as Florida school shooting survivors question senator

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Marco Rubio on Wednesday for his positions on gun control.

Marco Rubio, R-Fla., was the most prominent Republican lawmaker to attend.

"I absolutely believe that in this country, if you are 18 years of age you should not be able to buy a rifle".

"I have told you that I support lifting the age from 18 to 21 of buying a rifle". "Now I'm not saying that you love the tragedy".

The comments represent a softening for a lawmaker whom the NRA has endorsed and praised as someone who has "vigorously fought to promote and defend the right to keep and bear arms".

Many lasted 17 minutes in honor of the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Rubio was joined by Sen.

Rubio was responding to Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch's argument to "bring up the assault weapons ban and close all those loopholes".

Both President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Rick Scott turned down CNN's invitations to participate. Sen.

Throughout the event, Rubio found himself in the hot seat, fielding the majority of the questions. "So, Senator Rubio, can you tell me right now that you will not accept a single donation from the NRA in the future?"

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The 2016 GOP presidential candidate was also asked by student Cameron Kasky if he would no longer take money from the National Rifle Association.

The one positive to be gleaned from this experience is that what Marco Rubio says he wants tends to align nicely with whatever he perceives popular opinion to be.

"Never again!" he declared of the Parkland attack, exhorting the young people to press on: "America's watching you ... there will be change".

Because I want to like you, look at me and tell me that guns were the factor in the hunting of our kids in this school this week. But I don't think they should be. "I've hunted all my life". It is a weapon of war. "It is too easy to get". "So, right now in the name of 17 people, you can not ask the NRA to keep their money out of your campaign?"

Speaking Thursday at The King Center in Atlanta, the Rev. Bernice King said the February 14 massacre of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School "gives us an opportunity to lay aside for a moment our differences and really look at how we can come together as humanity and move forward with these injustices and these evils that continue to beset us".

Loesch also took aim at what she sees as flaws in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, citing a fact that states are not federally mandated to report convictions to the system. In Sutherland Springs, the gunman killed 26 and was able to purchase firearms because the Air Force failed to submit his convictions on domestic abuse charges while enlisted.

Hundreds have gathered to remember a 37-year-old assistant football coach and security guard gunned down while helping students to safety during a mass shooting at a Florida high school on Valentine's Day.

The daughter of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King says she stands in solidarity with the survivors of the Florida school shooting as they seek solutions to school violence.

Rubio visited Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school and a few days later met with its teachers. "If they want to talk about checkpoint systems, if they want to talk about reinforcing doors, the NRA, our resources are at their disposal", she said.

"I don't support that", he told her. I don't know what their position is, on teachers being armed.

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