Former GOP senator Rick Santorum had some simple but wise words for student activists who are protesting guns, "Don't march, learn CPR." The sound advice was offered the day after thousands of students marched in support of stricter gun control.
"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?" he said during an appearance on State of the Union Sunday.
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Santorum dismissed the "action" taken by some of the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school shooting in Parkland, Florida as little more than asking someone else to act. "They didn’t take action to say, ‘How do I, as an individual, deal with this problem? How am I going to do something about stopping bullying within my own community? What am I going to do to actually help respond to a shooter?'" Santorum explained.
"Those are the kind of things where you can take it internally, and say, 'Here's how I’m going to deal with this. Here’s how I’m going to help the situation,' instead of going and protesting and saying, 'Oh, someone else needs to pass a law to protect me.'" Ultimately, it is up to lawmakers to pass more laws, but all the laws in the world aren't going to stop a deranged person from inflicting harm.
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Santorum concluded by assuring he is "proud" of the students but says they still need to realize "some phony gun law" is not going to prevent another school shooting. The students have also expressed a goal of encouraging voters to show up to midterm election polls.
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