Rick Santorum criticizes March For Our Lives students in the dumbest way

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Rick Santorum is no longer an elected official, but that doesn’t mean he’s stopped being a heartless buffoon.

The former Senator from Pennsylvania appeared on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, and for some unfathomable reason he decided to use that platform to criticize the students across the country who spent Saturday marching in support of gun control. That’s right, he legit went after survivors of gun violence — and the internet was not pleased. 

“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,” noted the aspiring sweater vest spokesperson. 

If it was lost on Santorum that demanding politicians pass tougher gun control measures is, in fact, doing something, Twitter was right there to explain it to him. 

And the foot wasn’t out of his mouth yet. When confronted by the panel host with the fact that the marching youth did, in fact, “take action,” Santorum doubled down on his ill-conceived critique. 

“They took action to ask someone to pass a law,” he said. “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?’… 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.'”

It’s not clear if Santorum believes that non-elected teenagers can pass laws themselves or what, but he was very clear about one thing: Students marching to demand tougher gun control are just ignoring their real problems. 

“But I think everyone should be responsible and deal with the problems that we have to confront in our lives,” he stammered. “And ignoring those problems and saying they’re not going to come to me and saying some phony gun law is gonna solve it.”

Thankfully for all of us, the students that organized the March for Our Live are more than capable of ignoring the problem that is Rick Santorum. 

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