A survivor of the Parkland, FL school shooting got into an intense clash with Sen. "The notion that my kids are going to school with teachers that are armed with a weapon is not something that, quite frankly, I'm comfortable with", Rubio said.
Rubio said the country has not been able to make progress on the issue of gun control "but you do have a chance to change it".
Rubio appeared to agree with the idea of enacting new gun measures, including raising the age limit to purchase AR-15-style rifles. Deutch, who represents Parkland, said he wants a ban on assault weapons.
Instead of simply stretching out a supportive hand to the families of those affected by gun violence, Rubio went on to reiterate his pro-gun stance: "Here's what I said: The problems that we're facing here today can not be solved by gun laws alone". That drew jeers. Visibly angry, Guttenberg responded: "That is a weapon of war". President Donald Trump on Tuesday directed the Justice Department to propose a ban on the devices, but many think a solution would need to come from Congress. I've hunted all my life.
"It's a very progressive community, the students are very progressive and they're well-supported", Sider said.
The question sparked a debate between the high school junior and Rubio, who said he would not refuse future NRA donations because 'people buy into my agenda - and I do support the second ammendment. Jeff Flake of Arizona, also a Republican, said Wednesday he'd back such a proposal.
"I'm saying that the problems we face here today can not be solved by gun laws alone", Rubio said, but he was interrupted by Guttenberg, who asked again, "Were guns the factor in the hunting of our kids?"
Rubio began to bob and weave, saying the influence of "these groups comes not from money; it comes from millions of people who support the agenda" insisting that he takes money from those who "buy into my agenda".
Sheriff Scott Israel of Broward County declared the US has had enough of deadly shootings and that he was personally saddened to have through the crime scene of a "horrific killer" 30 minutes after the attack last week.
Rubio answered, after the applause in the room subsided, said that he'd held the same positions for years.
Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jamie was murdered during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting last week in Parkland, Florida, challenged Republican Sen.
When asked by Emma González, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, if it should be harder for people to obtain semi-automatic weapons, Loesch focused on the mental state of those purchasing firearms.
Six and a half minutes of dramatic back and forth between Guttenberg and Rubio at "Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action", a two-hour town hall organized and televised by CNN.
Hosted by Jake Tapper on national television, the event was a political lion's den for Rubio.
Broward County School Superintendent Robert Runcie speaks before a CNN town hall broadcast, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at the BB&T Center, in Sunrise, Fla.