In a Monday morning interview with CNN’s “New Day,” the two students responded to Rubio’s claim that no gun laws would have prevented the shooting.
“Even though they say that criminals get guns no matter what laws you have to place, that might be true, but we don’t have to encourage them to get those guns,” Gonzalez said. “We can make it harder, absolutely make it harder. And we can prevent some seriously nasty crimes and some seriously indescribable tragedies from occurring. And if somebody doesn’t want to do that at this point, that’s pathetic.”
Hogg agreed, saying that solutions don’t come from division.
“It is absolutely terrifying the fact that he immediately got up and started to talk about how gun control is not the solution,” he said. “Every answer is the solution at this point because we haven’t tried any of them. We need a multifaceted approach to this extremely complex program. Because if we don’t have that, this will never come to an end.”
Host Alisyn Camerota quoted Trump’s tweets over the weekend blaming the FBI for not catching the shooting due to the Russia investigation. Hogg found it outright disgusting.
“I think it is disgusting, personally” he said. “My father is a retired FBI agent and they are some of the hardest-working people I’ve ever seen in my life. They work every day 24/7 to especially sure the lives of every single American in this country. It is wrong that the president is blaming them for this. After all, he is in charge of the fBI. He can’t put that off on them. He is in charge of them. These people, what they love to do is push this off on the bureaucracy and say it is not him. He is in charge of the FBI. That’s one of the executive branches. It is supposed to enforce laws. As such, President Trump is in charge of that and the FBI.”
Hogg went on to say, “If you can’t get elected without taking money from child murderers, why are you running?”
Watch the full comments from the students below: