Imitating the Oscar-nominated movie “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” in which a grieving mom uses billboards to call out local police, an online activist group placed three billboards in Miami demanding gun reform and challenging Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
The three mobile billboards, released by the activist group Avaaz, read: “Slaughtered in school,” “And still no gun control” and “How come, Marco Rubio?”
The billboards were parked outside of Rubio’s Miami headquarters on Friday.
“Inspired by the 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,' where a mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder, today we take the streets asking ourselves: ‘How come, Rubio?” said Emma Ruby-Sachs, the deputy director of Avaaz.
“Florida has notoriously lax gun laws, and Rubio, who is supported by the NRA, has never attempted to reform them,” Ruby-Sachs said.
Sen. Marco Rubio sat down with NBC 6 anchor Sheli Muñiz on Saturday, where she asked him about the billboards.
“I say any of the laws that they would have wanted passed, would not have prevented this attack,” said Rubio. “That doesn’t mean that we should not pass any laws. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t pass these laws.. There may be a different reason why we need these laws. It also ignores the things that we have done. For example, sponsoring a bill that would have required or incentivized states to report mental health into the database, sponsoring a bill that would’ve provided millions of dollars for school safety measures.”
Avaaz describes itself as a “global web movement to bring people-powered politics to decision-making everywhere” on issues such as climate change and human rights.
The billboard-fitted trucks will roam the streets of Miami on Monday.