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Rubio: Gun Laws Are Only Effective At Keeping Law-Abiding Citizens From Having Guns

Florida Senator and Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio declared, “it’s never been shown that these gun laws are effective, other than in keeping guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens” in an interview taped on Wednesday that was broadcast on Thursday’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on the Fox News Channel.

Rubio said, “I think the left often pivots to gun laws, but the truth is, states like California, for example, have very strict gun laws, as they do in Illinois and Chicago, as they do in Washington, DC. As they do in many other jurisdictions that have significant amount[s] of gun violence. So, it’s never been shown that these gun laws are effective, other than in keeping guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens. So, instead of of all thi[s] focus on gun control, we should be focused on what’s causing this violence, we don’t know about this particular case, but we know about others, where mental illness often plays a key and critical roll.”

He added, “there most certainly is a global disorder, and it’s driven by rouge countries like North Korea and Iran, by a gangster in Moscow, by Chinese aggression and expansion in the Asia-Pacific region, and by radical Islamic jihadists, not just ISIS, but al Qaeda, and so forth. so there’s certainly a disorder globally. I’m not sure it’s directly related to any of what’s happening here, domestically in the United States. What we have is a combination of mental illness, but also, in some of the gun crime that’s occurring in this country, it’s criminal activity. Individuals shooting at each other, a bystander gets shot…or whatever it may be. and i think we have to ask ourselves, what has happened in this country where something like life, and the values that create a strong society have been undermined, and the answer is, you see a breakdown in family, you see hostility towards the institutions and society that reinforce these values, and you see that reflected in crime statistics, and jail population, and in many other challenges that we face as a country.”

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