Santorum: Teens Should Take CPR Instead of Holding Protests

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Former GOP Pennsylvania senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Sunday that students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, should've responded to the massacre of their classmates by "taking CPR classes" instead of "looking to someone else to solve their problem". How am I going to do something about stopping bulling within my own community?

Santorum's comments came a day after thousands of protesters gathered at the March For Our Lives events in Washington and across the country to demand gun control legislation.

Santorum argued students the demonstrations wouldn't amount to anything but "phony gun laws", and students should instead address problems in their community.

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"They took action to ask someone to pass a law", Santorum pointed out to host Brianna Keilar.

While Santorum said that "phony gun laws don't solve these problems", and that students took action "to ask someone to pass a law" through protesting, he did note he was "proud" of the student activists. "Because if it is about keeping our schools safe, then we need to have a much broader discussion than the discussion that is going on right now", Santorum said during a panel on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday. "Here's how I'm going to help this situation, ' instead of going and protesting and saying, 'Oh, someone needs to pass a law to protect me", Santorum went on.

His remarks drew immediate pushback from liberal commentator Van Jones, who referenced his own child who'll soon be headed to high school.

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"Those kinds of things where you can take it internally and say, "Here's how I'm going to deal with this".

"But I think everyone should be responsible and deal with the problems that we have to confront in our lives", he stammered.

Many were quick to condemn the former senator's comment, including Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun law advocacy group and Parkland survivor David Hogg.

"I have to say too, Lou, as an educator, there's a couple of these kids that are just rude in the way that they proceed here, as if they are bulletproof, so to speak", Giordano said. "I know you're proud of those kids too".

Rick Santorum had some advice for the anti-gun student marchers who invaded the District of Columbia over the weekend - learn something practical. It killed 17 people, including 14 students and three members of the school's staff.

"For anyone, to that, the solution to gun violence would be for kids to learn CPR is outrageous, & indicative of the NRA's want to say or do anything except strengthen America's weak gun laws".

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