Marco Rubio To Sandy Hook Victim's Mother: "There's Nothing We Can Do"
Fresh from voting against keeping guns out of the hands of terrorists on behalf on the NRA, Marco Rubio "changed his mind" and decided to run for his Senate seat again, claiming he was "inspired" to do so in part by the mass shooting in Orlando earlier this month.
It's this kind of phony "inspiration" that exposes Rubio for the shameless panderer he is time and time again, something not lost on Floridians who recently said "no way" to his Oval Office dreams.
Now just days after his announcement, this faux inspiration is little but a memory from a media appearance somewhere, because when the gun violence prevention group led by former Democratic Rep. and gun violence victim Gabby Giffords came knocking at his door, he boldly hid behind his staff to avoid them.
And he got caught:
A top aide to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) directed staff not to let a prominent gun control advocate get on the phone with the senator to discuss a bill that would bar suspected terrorists from buying guns — less than two weeks after the worst mass shooting in U.S. history took place in the senator’s state.
Emails went back and forth Thursday between Rubio’s office and Americans for Responsible Solutions, the gun violence prevention group led by former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) and her husband Mark Kelly, a retired astronaut and U.S. Navy captain. Kelly was interested in talking to Rubio about the prospect of the senator supporting the legislation.
Rubio’s shop declined the call and offered to have a staffer talk to Kelly. An Americans for Responsible Solutions associate said no and suggested a staff-to-staff level conversation.
Then, J.R. Sanchez, Rubio’s senior policy adviser and director of outreach, weighed in, apparently not realizing that the gun control group was still on the thread: “Then let it be staff. I would not expose SMR to this type of call or meeting.”
The Huffington Post has posted a copy of the email exchange here.
In the part of the exchange before she was warned not to "expose" him to meetings or calls relating to gun violence prevention groups, Rubio's scheduling assistant also claimed that the Senator was too busy working and had too many commitments to schedule a meeting with them.
This from the Senate's most famous absentee record-breaker who was too busy practicing a POTUS run to do his job for years after he got to D.C., and then was too busy actually running for POTUS to do his job. Now even though he hates the job he's running for again, he's too busy doing that job to do the job the majority of Floridians want him to do by acting on legislation to prevent gun deaths, much less simply hearing out gun violence prevention advocates.
After his many years as a career politician, the only thing Rubio seems to be "busy" at is avoiding reality.
This isn't the first time Rubio has avoided meeting with gun-control advocates. He's also dodged Sandy Hook families in the past when they tried to reach out.
But during his failed run for President, Rubio wasn't too busy to pander to gun enthusiasts and the NRA when he said and did this:
Mr. Rubio on Friday told employees of Sturm, Ruger & Co., a gun manufacturing company here, that he sought to buy a weapon on Dec. 24 and found that the store he went to “was packed” with young and old customers, some of them, he said, worried that President Obama would further restrict their right to purchase guns. He did not say whether the gun was meant as a gift or where the store was.
“I went to go purchase a handgun on the 24, on Christmas Eve,” he said, lamenting efforts by Democrats to “stigmatize gun owners.”
This was also part of his reasoning for buying that gun:
“I think many Americans around the country feel the same way. I’m a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. I have a right to protect my family if someone were to come after us,” he said.
“In fact, if ISIS were to visit us or our communities at any moment, the last line of defense between ISIS and my family is the ability that I have to protect my family from them or from a criminal or anyone else who seeks to do us harm. Millions of Americans feel that way.”
When Rubio and Republicans say these things, the NRA cheers and rushes to fill their coffers with more blood money. But Americans who believe them when they prey on their fears listen too, and they act on those fears Rubio stokes while repeating his words.
Here's an example:
"It would be horribly tragic if my ability to protect myself or my family were to be taken away, but that's exactly what Democrats are determined to do by banning semi-automatic handguns."
This came from the Facebook post of a Texas woman named Christy Sheats.
Sheats was an outspoken gun advocate.
She was not a terrorist, nor a member of ISIS.
Instead of protecting her family as per her words above, they needed protection from her.
During a family "spat" two days ago, Sheats shot and killed her two daughters, ages 17 and 22, on their father's birthday, before she herself was killed by police.
If Democrats really had taken away her guns, or anyone else for that matter, perhaps they would all be alive today.
People like Rubio love to brag about protecting Americans from terrorism. They love to claim that Democrats are trying to "take away their guns." Yet they hide from actual Americans who have a right to leave their house without getting shot, and who are pleading with politicians like Rubio daily to merely enact sensible, common sense solutions to the problem.
Instead, it's the people who Rubio and Republicans are supposed to represent who need protection from them while they make sure that gun nuts have as many guns as their hearts desire, including terrorists, while hiding behind their office doors and the Constitution when all they're really guarding are their wallets.
After Orlando, the tide is finally turning on the NRA and their enablers like Rubio.
This has to stop.
Misguided "inspiration" aside, Marco Rubio clearly isn't up to the job.
He never was.