Former US presidential candidate sparks ‘gun control v CPR classes’ outrage

A former United States presidential candidate’s response to Saturday’s march by students calling for tougher gun laws sparked outrage on social media. 


The former presidential candidate, Rick Santorum, on Sunday told CNN’s State of the Union that students should find their own way of preventing school shootings and not wait for someone else to fix things.

“How about kids instead of looking to someone else to solve their problem, do something about maybe taking CPR classes or trying to deal with situations that when there is a violent shooter that you can actually respond to that,” Santorum said.

Santorum, who launched unsuccessful presidential campaigns in 2012 and 2016, called on students to respond to shooters themselves instead of forcing lawmakers to approve legislation to protect and bullying their communities.

He dismissed the rallies, saying that if they were about more than politics, then a broader discussion needs to be had that does not centre on “phony gun laws” that do not work.

“They took action to ask someone to pass a law,” Santorum dismissed the protesters.

“They didn’t take action to say, ‘How do I, as an individual, deal with this problem?” he said.

On Saturday, students took to the streets of Washington, D.C, urging for stricter gun laws.

The demonstrators called for universal background checks on all gun sales, raising the federal age for gun ownership and possession to 21, restoring the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban and banning of high-capacity magazine sales in the US.

The demonstration had more than 800 solidarity events across the United States, as well as around the world.

The event, which was the largest student protest in American history, with around two million people participating, comes in the wake of the deadly shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, in Parkland, Florida, on February 14.

According to reports, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz was arrested for carrying out the shooting at the school which claimed the lives of 17 people, and injured 17 others.

The March for Our Lives campaign was supported by a number of celebrities, including George and Amal Clooney, who donated $500 000 to the cause and talk show host Oprah Winfrey, who matched the Clooney donation.