Rubio’s not a leader


It is not surprising that Sen. Bill Nelson, who demonstrated his intelligence, leadership, courage and selflessness as an astronaut, voted to end the filibuster on gun-control proposals to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of irresponsible owners. It’s also hardly unexpected that Sen. Marco Rubio, who never took a position that wasn’t carefully calibrated to advance his personal interests, delivered some mumbo-jumbo about violence being the real problem — duh! — bravely supported the NRA’s objections to any safety measures, even to gun-show background checks, which almost 90 percent of Americans support.

Thanks to the NRA, taggants cannot be added to gunpowder to trace the source of explosives such as those used in the Boston bombings, the CDC can no longer keep a tally of firearm suicides in the United States and, in Florida, doctors were prohibited from asking patients if there is a gun in the house.

But Rubio lacked the qualities to stand up to the NRA, which contributes big bucks to political campaigns. And this wimp wants to be the leader of the free world?

Mary F. Williams, Miami

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