Rick Santorum's suggestion was DOA.

Republicans are desperate in their attempts to silence young people who protest gun violence. But the kids just fight back twice as hard.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) stepped in it on Sunday when he suggested that young people “learn CPR” rather than petition their government for stronger gun laws. On CNN’s “New Day” on Monday morning, Parkland survivors Lauren and David Hogg reacted to tape of Santorum’s remarks.

“I just think it’s completely absurd that he’s even thinking about teaching us CPR when we’re having gun violence all across America and even in our schools,” Lauren Hogg said. “The fact that he’s saying CPR when my friends are dying on our floor, and nothing’s being done about it, is just horrible. I think he’s just using it as a distraction to get the attention away from guns.”

Lauren’s brother, David Hogg, then pointed out that kids are already learning to treat gunshot victims, but that, “At the end of the day, if you take a bullet from an AR-15 to the head, no amount of CPR is going to save you, because you’re dead.”

Santorum’s remarks came in response to massive nationwide protests this weekend, and sparked immediate outrage.

Several other Parkland students called Santorum out as well.

Erica Lafferty, whose mother Dawn was killed protecting students during the Sandy Hook massacre, said in a statement, “Rick Santorum’s words are an insult to the kids of Parkland, my family and to the countless others who have had loved ones taken by gun violence.”

“My mother was killed while protecting her students at Sandy Hook School,” Lafferty continued. “For anyone to suggest that the solution to gun violence is for kids to learn CPR is outrageous, and indicative of the NRA’s desire to do or say anything except strengthen America’s weak gun laws.”

Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts called Santorum out for his ties to the gun lobby. “Rick Santorum – who thinks we should reactively revive the dead instead of proactively passing data-proven, lifesaving gun laws – had an A+ rating from the @NRA and took hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from their lobbyists as a quid pro quo,” Watts wrote on Twitter.

And a number of doctors also weighed in with more informed views than Santorum’s.

Santorum is not the first Republican to lash out desperately at these kids, and he won’t be the last. But sooner, rather than later, Republicans will learn that fighting for the NRA no longer pays.