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Santorum suggests student gun safety advocates take CPR classes instead of protesting

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WASHINGTON (CIRCA) - Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., made headlines Sunday morning when he suggested that "instead of looking to someone else to solve their problem," student gun control advocates should take CPR classes.

Santorum spoke on CNN's "State of the Union" a day after youths and other gun safety proponents around the world participated in the March for Our Lives, a push for gun legislation organized by survivors of last month's deadly high school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

"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," the former presidential candidate told host Brianna Keilar. "They took action to ask someone to pass a law. 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?'"

The CNN commentator continued, "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.'"

Santorum said he was proud of the youths who marched Saturday but that "phony gun law(s)" wouldn't bring about change.

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