The father of a student who was murdered in the Parkland school shooting earlier this year called out Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida for his godly rhetoric mixed with inaction on gun violence reform.
After Rubio took to Twitter to quote the Bible about God protecting his people, activist Fred Guttenberg responded with a quip and a call to action. His daughter, Jaime Guttenberg, was murdered on February 14.
Marco, where was God when my daughter was getting shot? How about you put your time into helping me deal with the issue of gun violence and stop acting like a pretend preacher on Twitter. https://t.co/RpMeIRsUaM
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) December 13, 2018
Marco, where was God when my daughter was getting shot? How about you put your time into helping me deal with the issue of gun violence and stop acting like a pretend preacher on Twitter.
He couldn’t be more accurate (and justified). Rubio does spend a disproportionate amount of time randomly quoting verses from the Christian Bible. He’s well within his rights to do this, but as Guttenberg implied, Rubio implies that God can solve our problems when it’s his job to do just that through legislation. The last person who should be making appeals to the supernatural is someone with the power to actually make a difference.
Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised by any of this given that Rubio thinks there’s a debate to be had about the age of the Earth, but I also found it interesting that his Bible tweets get thousands more positive reactions than his actual political posts. He’s far better at spreading Christian propaganda about how God is always there for us than doing anything to protect children.
After all, after the Parkland shooting, Rubio suggested that stricter gun regulation would not have stopped the attack even though common sense dictates that stricter gun safety measures would decrease the number of weapons getting in the hands of those who seek to murder others.
Guttenberg isn’t the only person with ties to Parkland standing up to those who want guns to become more available. David Hogg and sister Lauren Hogg, both students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, recently offered their condolences to 27 NRA-backed candidates who lost their races while trying to fight gun reform policies that would protect potential victims.
There’s hope for the future. But you’re wasting your time if you think Marco Rubio will be part of the solution.