Protesters stage sit-in over gun control at Sen. Marco Rubio's Orlando office
Demonstrators are staging a sit-in at Sen. Marco Rubio's Orlando office, demanding the Republican back "common sense" gun control measures.
The protest, according to social media, is called #SitInForThe49, a reference to those killed in the Orlando nightclub massacre. It began about 10 a.m. and will continue through 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to Max Steele of the Florida Democratic Party.
"Orlando residents have begun a 49 hour sit-in at Marco Rubio’s office to demand an end to the Senator’s opposition to commonsense gun safety measures backed by more than 8 in 10 Floridians," he wrote in an email to reporters.
"Senator Rubio respects the views of others on these difficult issues, and he welcomes the continued input he is receiving from people across the political spectrum," spokesman Alex Burgos said. "Senator Rubio and our office continue working around the clock on federal casework to assist victims' families, survivors and their families, and we stand ready to continue assisting, including lending staff to the victim assistance center as we did for the last few weeks. Over the past month, Senator Rubio has supported common sense compromises to make it easier to track individuals who have been on the terror watch list and later try to buy firearms, all while improving due process protections for law abiding Americans.
"He will keep working to make sure the Orlando community has the resources they need in the aftermath of this terrorist attack, that our domestic law enforcement agencies have all the tools they need to stop terrorists, and that we have an aggressive counter-terrorism strategy to destroy ISIS and radical Islamic terrorists abroad."