Parkland student: 'It pains me' to see how Rubio has been portrayed by media

Parkland student: 'It pains me' to see how Rubio has been portrayed by media
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A student survivor of the deadly mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., said Sunday that he's bothered by how Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSenate holds sleepy Saturday session as negotiators finalize infrastructure deal Break glass in case of emergency — but not for climate change Democrats join GOP in pressuring Biden over China, virus origins MORE (R-Fla.) has been portrayed in the media following the attack.

Kyle Kashuv, who has often stood in opposition to calls from his classmates for new gun control laws, said on CBS's "Face the Nation" that he is convinced that Rubio "cares so much" about preventing future school shootings, and that the media portrayal of him has been inaccurate.

Many of his classmates specifically targeted Rubio during speeches at the "March for Our Lives" rally in Washington, D.C., the previous day.

"Every single senator that I’ve spoken with does not want to see this happen," Kashuv said. "I spoke with Sen. Marco Rubio. He cares so much about this, and it pains me to see how he’s being represented in the media."

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The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., ignited an intense debate over the nation's gun control laws, with many of the school's students pushing lawmakers to take action on new firearm restrictions.

Rubio has come under particular scrutiny from the students, who have blasted his acceptance of campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association. Rubio on Saturday called for the student activists to seek "common ground" in the debate. 

Kashuv's comments came a day after hundreds of thousands of protesters converged on Washington and cities across the country for "March for Our Lives" rallies demanding an end to gun violence. 

Kashuv said Sunday, however, that his classmates' push for new gun control laws fails to address systemic failures in law enforcement that paved the way for the shooting in Parkland.

"I find it ironic that after all this and we’ve seen all sorts of government failures, that we want to trust the government even more," he said.