Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who has been criticized by many survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, told people who attended Saturday's rallies that he respects their views but does not "agree with all of the solutions they propose."
"While I do not agree with all of the solutions they propose, I respect their views and recognize that many Americans support certain gun bans. However, many other Americans do not support a gun ban. They too want to prevent mass shootings, but view banning guns as an infringement on the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens that ultimately will not prevent these tragedies," he said.
Rubio went on to caution people marching for gun control that while "protests are a legitimate way of making a point, in our system of government, making a change requires finding common ground with those who hold opposing views."
The senator mentioned recent actions to address mass shootings such as the proposed bump stock ban and the STOP School Violence Act that provides $50 million a year to improve school safety measures.
Rubio added that "finding common ground is what it will take to pass our red flag law so we can take guns away from dangerous people."
Rubio has frequently been derided by the Parkland students who have become gun control activists.
On Saturday, students wore orange $1.05 price tags — the amount Rubio has received from the gun lobby divided by the number of students in Florida — to suggest that's how much their lives were worth to him.
Rubio was savaged during a Feb. 21 CNN town hall where students demanded Rubio refuse to accept future contributions from the gun lobby. Rubio, who declined to meet that demand, was called "pathetically weak" by the father of one girl who was murdered in the shooting.