Rubio calls for activists to seek common ground during gun control rallies

Rubio calls for activists to seek common ground during gun control rallies
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Florida Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTrump faces difficult balancing act with reelection campaign Republicans wary of US action on Iran California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth MORE (R) called for compromises between gun control advocates and gun rights supporters on Saturday amid nationwide protests against gun violence.

In a tweet posted just after noon, Rubio cautioned attendees of the "March For Our Lives" rallies that many conservatives view their protests as an attack on the Second Amendment and gun rights at the national level.

"Today many are peacefully exercising their #1A right to march for gun ban. Many support gun ban. But many others see it as infringement of #2A that won’t prevent shootings. Protest is good way of making a point,but making a change will require both sides finding common ground," Rubio wrote. 

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Rubio's remarks came after a survivor of the Parkland school shooting last month that killed 17 people in Rubio's home state mentioned the senator by name on stage at the march in Washington, D.C.

"I'm going to start off by putting this price tag right here as a reminder for you guys to know how much Marco Rubio took for every student's life in Florida," student David Hogg told attendees, referencing Rubio's campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Rubio is one of the top recipients of NRA campaign contributions in the Senate, having received more than $3 million in donations from the gun rights group and its affiliates, according to data attributed to the Center for Responsive Politics. 

The Florida senator has been frequently criticized by survivors of the Florida high school shooting, which reignited a debate about gun rights and the influence of the NRA over Washington politicians.