Public opinion clearly supports tougher gun safety laws. About 97 percent of Americans want universal background checks before buying a gun. Roughly 83 percent want mandatory waiting periods. Two out of three Americans want a ban on semi-automatic weapons like the AR-15, which is used too often in mass shootings. In a democracy, one would think the majority of voters would be heard; however, we have been silenced time and again by the NRA and gun manufacturers. Sen. Marco Rubio and an NRA spokesperson held a forum in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 21. Neither person would commit to more stringent gun safety laws. This is not too surprising considering Rubio has received well over $3 million from the NRA. It is estimated that the NRA and affiliated organizations spent over $11 million to elect Donald Trump and more than $19 million to oppose Hillary Clinton. When the president recently met with school shooting victims, his cheat sheet read, “I hear you,” but he clearly is listening more to the NRA than to the victims. Trump never mentioned semi-automatic weapons or any meaningful gun safety legislation. Instead, he advocated arming teachers in schools, as if militarizing schools will make them safer.