Marco Rubio Squirms in Gun Control Spotlight

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Rubio at a emotionally charged town hall last night (Image: CNN video)

Florida senator Marco Rubio and a spokesperson for the National Rifle Association were severely heckled during a nationally televised town hall on gun control Wednesday, where they refused to support tough gun control measures.

The New York Times reports, “The spokeswoman for the N.R.A., Dana Loesch, offering the group’s first public comments after a shooting last week at a Florida high school, strongly defended the gun advocacy group’s positions in front of students and teachers from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.”

Loesch cited the NRA’s belief that mental health legislature, not gun control reform, would prevent future massacres, and Rubio was also jeered for admitting he would continue to take NRA and other pro-gun groups donations. The senator did say he would support banning bump stocks, echoing thoughts from President Trump.

A father whose child was gunned down in the Parkland massacre drew a standing ovation from the crowd when he called Rubio's stance on gun control “pathetically weak."

Students Are Keeping the Focus on Gun Control

On Wednesday, students across the country stood in solidarity when they help nationwide walkouts at their schools to push for gun control. These acts of protest occurred following the Parkland School Shooting in Florida.

Many students also took to holding protests outside of political offices. They said they didn’t need thoughts and prayers from Congress, they needed common sense gun control passed.

CMN's Nicole Masaki rounds up yesterday's protests right here.

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U.S. Finally Overcomes Canada to Grab Women's Hockey Gold

The U.S. Women's Ice Hockey Team finally overcame their arch-rivals in a thrilling gold medal game late last night, beating the three-time Olympic champs Canada 3-2 in a nerve wracking shootout.

Goalie Maddie Rooney — who attends the University of Minnesota-Duluth — clinched the gold with a save on the game's final play, her stop coming shortly after Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson made an incredible move, slipping her penalty shot past the Canadian keeper.

Canada had won gold at the past four Winter Olympic games, beating the U.S. in three of those gold medal games. Read more about the victory here.

Fraternity Suspended After Campus Police Find AR-15 in Their House

A fraternity at Washington University (St. Louis), Phi Delta Theta, is permanently suspended after the discovery of firearms in the fraternity house and violations of the fraternity’s previous primary suspension.

Washington University Police Department found an AR-15 semi-automatic weapon in the fraternity’s on campus house, and a handgun in a car parked in a university garage. The discovery of the weapons came after an anonymous sources provided a photo of the weapons on social media with a partial Phi Delta Theta flag visible in the background.

Read more details in CMN's report.

Last But Not Least: Some Passengers Sit on Delta Flight For 12 Hours... And Then It Was Cancelled

Flight. From. Hell. Some passengers stayed on a Delta flight at Kansas City International Airport for nearly 12 hours yesterday before an ice storm cancelled it all together. One woman sat on the plane, bound for Los Angeles, from 6:30 a.m. to approximately 6 p.m., the Kansas City Star reported.

Passenger Ann Ngo told the Star, “It was a s---show.” She said she had to take two vacation days due to the delays. By way of apology, she got a $100 voucher from Delta.
Today's Morning Scoop was compiled by Natalia Kolenko, Nicole Masaki, Savannah Hoag, and the CMN Staff. We like to work extra hard on Thursday so Friday is even easier. You with us?