Walden responds to gun issues

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- The nationwide gun debate is ramping up as survivors of the Florida school shooting continue directing their outrage at lawmakers.

In CNN town hall on Wednesday, survivors and victim's families called out Senator Marco Rubio, who has accepted millions in donations from the National Rifle Association.

"Can you tell me right now that you will not accept a single donation from the NRA in the future," student Cameron Kasky asked.

"No. The answer to the question is that people buy into my agenda and I do support the Second Amendment," Rubio said.

Rubio is not the only lawmaker to receive donations from the NRA. Two Oregon congressmen have as well. Election data shows Rep. Greg Walden, a Republican, has received $39,250 since 1998 and Rep. Kurt Schrader, a Democrat, received $5,000, but not since 2014.

Schrader and Walden said there's plenty of work to do on the gun issue.

"They just have this extremist line of discussion," Schrader told KOIN 6 News in a phone interview. "I think it's inappropriate given the situation. We have to respond to the gun violence. We've come out in favor of universal background checks like we have in Oregon.

Schrader also wants to immediately reverse a 22-year-old restriction that prevents the CDC from studying gun violence and said a ban on bump stocks, which mimic automatic fire, should be a no brainer on both sides of the isle.

Walden did not to respond to questions about the NRA, but said he wants to focus on improving the national gun background check system.

Walden also wants the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to reevaluate whether bump stocks should be legal.