CNN’s Chris Cuomo injected politics in discussion about the Florida school shooting, on “New Day” Thursday and said praying for the victims was pointless if you aren’t going to support enacting gun control measures.
“Senator Marco Rubio put out a statement saying, ‘This is a day you pray will never come.’ We’ll that’s all you got is prayer, right? Because they won’t act on it,” Cuomo said. “He called it in explicable tragedy. This is about one of the most easily explained tragedies that we deal with. And of course the always perfunctory, ‘We’re praying for the victims.’ What kind of prayer is one that promises to do nothing?”
Cuomo also criticized a Florida privacy law that prevents doctors from inquiring about whether or not their patient’s own a firearm. He blamed Florida Gov. Rick Scott for supporting the privacy measure and shamed lawmakers for not addressing the issue of school shootings.
“CNN learned that the suspected killer was getting treatment at a mental health clinic. In Florida, doctors can be penalized if they even ask whether or not you own a firearm. It is a fight the governor there is actively in favor of,” Cuomo said. “Governor Scott, who of course is expressing sympathy for the victims, is fighting to keep it so that doctors shouldn’t even ask in most circumstances. And of course the purchase of the AR-15 style rifle was completely legal. And you know that name now, and that is one of the sick parts of this. You know that gun from these massacres.”
“Of course you will hear the gun control debate on the news. But you will not hear lawmakers even begin the first step,” Cuomo concluded. “What are we going to do to stop school shootings? They won’t even get together and ask the questions. The president has yet to speak publicly about the shooting.”
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