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Rubio: Gun control not answer to California shooting



Marco Rubio is saying gun control is not the answer to the shooting in San Bernardino.

"None of the major shootings that have occurred in this country over the last few months or years that have outraged us would gun laws would have prevented them," he said on CBS This Morning. "And in fact, many of them existed despite the fact that local jurisdictions had gun laws even stricter than what you find in other jurisdictions. We have a violence problem in America, and we should be concerned about the violence."

Rubio also argued against closing the "gun show loophole," saying it would put a burden on people. "The gun show thing, it's not a gun show loophole. People keep saying that. It is an individual. I decide I want to sell my gun to a friend of mine, so now you have put an extraordinary burden on me to go out and conduct a background check and I'm liable if I get it wrong. As an individual, it's very difficult to implement, almost impossible to enforce and it ignores the fact that despite the background checks that we are seeing now, people are still getting access to these weapons."

Asked what he would do, Rubio called for more NSA-style surveillance.

On Fox News, Rubio continued the push against gun control. "I don’t hear anybody talking about bomb control," Rubio said. "They put bombs and left bombs behind on the scene of attack, intending to kill even more people than they did with guns.”

He criticized President Obama's caution on the motive behind the California attack (Obama spoke Thursday and development have continued since then.) "I think it's symptomatic of the broader issue -- almost a hope that none of this is terror-related, because he wants the argument to be that we've got this under control," Rubio said on Fox and Friends. "We don't have this under control."

[Last modified: Friday, December 4, 2015 2:16pm]


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