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Over 24,000 people have signed a petition demanding that Senator Marco Rubio, key player in the Republican party's attempt to attract Latino voters, denounce the NRA for what they call are "racist" and "derogatory" remarks and return the almost $5000 ..

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Angelika R. (145)
Wednesday February 27, 2013, 3:41 pm
*** PETITION: Senator Rubio: Say No to NRA Leader's Ugly Racism ***

Over 24,000 people have signed a petition demanding that Senator Marco Rubio, a key player in the Republican party’s attempt to attract Latino voters, denounce the NRA for what they are calling are “racist” and “derogatory” remarks and return the almost $5000 he has received from them in political contributions.

An op-ed by the National Rifle Association’s CEO Wayne LaPierre has set off activists furious over his characterization that “Latin American gangs” have taken over cities and have threatened the lives of upstanding Americans.

In response, Senator Rubio’s office released this statement: “Senator Rubio is proud of the support he receives from NRA members around the country, and he strongly believes in the Second Amendment.”

In an article written for the conservative news website Daily Caller, LaPierre issues a call to arms of sorts for gun owners and asks them to resist government efforts to restrict the Second Amendment by joining and donating to the NRA. He writes that Americans have been threatened by criminals who stream over an unprotected U.S. – Mexico Border.

“The border today remains porous not only to people seeking jobs in the U.S., but to criminals whose jobs are murder, rape, robbery and kidnapping,” writes LaPierre.

Activists are demanding that Sen. Rubio return the $4,950 in contributions the NRA donated to his campaign retirement fund in 2010 based on their investigation of campaign finance reports.

“If Senator Rubio really wants to be able to bring Latinos to the party and expand the base, he can’t do it while being hand in hand with organizations like this,” says Gabe Ortiz, 28, founder of the petition and blogger for AmericaBLOG. Ortiz notes that almost 3,000 signers of the petition are from Rubio’s home state of Florida.

Rubio, who delivered a response to the State of the Union in Spanish and was recently named by TIME magazine as the savior of the GOP, has criticized the Obama administration’s efforts to pass new gun control measures saying the President lacks the “political courage” to “admit” his true feelings about the Second Amendment.

Carrie Not Well B. (316)
Wednesday February 27, 2013, 4:52 pm
Signed and noted.

Dandelion G. (383)
Wednesday February 27, 2013, 7:42 pm
I became 29,236 of 30,000 signatures

Angelika R. (145)
Wednesday February 27, 2013, 8:02 pm
That's great! Floridians will stay on his heels I am sure! Whats 5 grants to him-zilch . He already made a fortune selling his funny waterbottles! But taking campaign money from the NRA will not be liked by all !

. (0)
Thursday February 28, 2013, 10:33 am

Dave C. (235)
Thursday February 28, 2013, 2:16 pm
signed, thanks.
Rubio is a BIG hypocrite....just another GOP con

Anna M. (18)
Thursday February 28, 2013, 3:16 pm
you can't have it both ways

Scott haakon (4)
Thursday February 28, 2013, 3:59 pm
Angelika; Sorry you are very wrong. The biggest most organized gangs are from Hispanic backgrounds. This is the truth. It is not to be liked but it is the current truth. These gangs are vicious and like all gangs prey in their 'communities". It is not racist to expose truth.

Angelika R. (145)
Thursday February 28, 2013, 5:02 pm
Scott, I think you missed the point here- it is unethical to take campaing money from an org. that is despised nationwide! And the majority of Latinos coming into country are NOT gangs having in mind what PaPierre is accusing them of. The Latino community has all right to get outraged over such generalization.

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