On Saturday in Miami just under 50 miles south of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where a school shooting left 17 people dead last Wednesday, hundreds came out for a gun show.
According to NBC News, Jorge Fernandez, a floor manager at the event, said:
We don't want people going out to buy guns and using them to kill people, but we do need to realize that lawfully licensed gun owners have the right to defend themselves.
And the show's organizers said in a statement:
There’s no disrespect or insensitivity intended by this long-planned gun show.
It should be noted that Florida, currently led by Republican governor Rick Scott, has some of the weakest gun laws in the nation.
Many people expressed their outrage on Twitter:
Money to be made, finger raised to decent America, laugh's up sleeve. End of. Do nothing again and it will happen again and again...the gun nuts are laughing at you, do something about it !— Rab Marley (@Marleysghost81) February 17, 2018
Does any other country in the world display --sell so many deadly weapons ---- bloody hell its like going to the supermarket & buying bread & milk to American's its insane.— Janet page (@Janetpage123) February 17, 2018
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), who has received tens of thousands of dollars from the NRA, got a little attention:
Carol pointed out this infuriating fact:
These heartless people actually put their signs ALL over Parkland.— Carol Reynolds (@CarolReynolds2) February 16, 2018
And Azeen pointed out this one:
The so-called 'gun-show loophole' is one danger that gun reform activists consistently emphasize. In essence, it allows buyers to legally purchase guns without a background check, which most people seem to agree is not a good idea.