In a fairly ingenious riff on the Oscar contender Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, an activist group has erected three billboards outside the office of Florida senator Marco Rubio, calling for gun control in the wake of the state’s recent, deadly school shooting.
Three Billboards is about an angry mother who attempts to draw attention to the unsolved murder of her daughter by placing ads beside a road; the mobile billboards currently outside Rubio’s office are a clear attempt to shame the Republican senator in the wake of the massacre.
The billboards read “SLAUGHTERED IN SCHOOL – AND STILL NO GUN CONTROL? HOW COME, MARCO RUBIO?” Emma Ruby-Sachs, the deputy director of activist group Avaaz, explained the rationale behind them, saying:
“Florida has notoriously lax gun laws, and Rubio, who is supported by the NRA, has never attempted to reform them. The senator ranks as one of the highest recipients of NRA contributions and has received an A+ rating from the NRA. Today citizens are asking: How come Rubio refuses to protect our children? The senator has taken fire across the country for his toothless response to the shooting, calling it ‘inexplicable’. We called (that) ‘inexcusable.’”
Marco Rubio’s office has not commented on the three billboards stunt, however, the Miami New Times points out that the former presidential candidate has taken $3.3 million of donations from the NRA over the course of his career, more than any other Florida politician.
In the wake of this week’s Parkland school shooting, in which 17 people were killed, he told Fox News:
“People don’t know how this happened: who this person is, what motivated them. I think it’s important to know all of that before you jump to conclusions that there’s some law that we could have passed that could have prevented it.”
Florida’s governor Rick Scott has also been championed by the NRA, with the group’s Political Victory Fund proudly saying that he “has signed more pro-gun bills into law in one term than any other governor in Florida history.”