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Rubio buys another gun, links to ISIS

Jan 16, 2016: Marco Rubio with a rifle at Sturm, Ruger & Co., in Newport, N.H.

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Jan 16, 2016: Marco Rubio with a rifle at Sturm, Ruger & Co., in Newport, N.H.

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Marco Rubio went shopping for a handgun on Christmas Eve, tying it to the threat of ISIS.

“I have a right to protect my family if someone were to come after us,” he said Sunday on CBS' Face the Nation. “In fact, if ISIS were to visit us, or our communities, at any moment, the last line of defense between ISIS and my family is the ability that I have to protect my family from them, or from a criminal, or anyone else who seeks to do us harm. Millions of Americans feel that way.”

Rubio first disclosed the gun purchase on Friday while visiting Sturm, Ruger & Co. in New Hampshire. He linked guns and ISIS again while in Iowa on Saturday.

“… If God forbid Isis pays a visit to you, to our community, the last thing standing between them and our families may be the ability to protect ourselves with our guns," he said in Sioux Center. "And there’s no way we’re going to take that away from the American people, not when I’m president.”

Rubio inferred Sunday this was his second gun purchase. The first coincided with his U.S. Senate run. In September 2009 he went through training for a concealed weapons permit but and said he purchased a .357 Magnum in February 2010.

Rubio on Sunday also criticized the Iran deal and exchange of prisoners.

“The president has pardoned them in exchange for a release of hostages which had done nothing wrong, and it proves once again that now nations and enemies of America around the world know there's a price for Americans," Rubio said. "If you take an American hostage, Barack Obama will cut a deal with you, whether it's Bergdahl, what he did with the Castro brothers, and now what he's done with Iran."

[Last modified: Sunday, January 17, 2016 7:17pm]

    

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