Little Marco speaks:
Asked about a ban on guns like the AR-15, the semi-automatic assault rifle alleged to have been used in Parkland, Rubio said: “Number one, the law would not prevent these mass shootings. Number two, there are millions of them in the street already. They’re here to stay. The genie’s out of the bottle.”
People can buy liquor, people can drive cars. That genie's out of the bottle. There's nothing we can do to prevent, or even reduce, drunk driving. That genie is literally out of the bottle. Right, Senator?
He added: “That said, do I believe it should be harder to get one? Do I believe it should be impossible for someone to get one if they are under the condition that the shooter was in Parkland? Absolutely. And one of the problems we have there is we don’t have the complete mental health picture in the background check system.”
Please define the conditions under which "mental health" would prevent one from having access to a firearm. Especially since we don't allow those under 21 to have access to liquor (because of DWI) simply because they are presumed to be mentally and emotionally immature for such substances, but we do allow them to have access to an AR-15.
Rubio brought up that same point later in the interview: “I don’t think people like this guy or people like him should have any gun. Not an AR-15, any gun. We need to create a system that keeps them from getting it. We don’t have one now that does that. That’s what I’m in favor of.”
Based on the fact he used his rifle to shoot up a school? What other basis would you use?
The Florida Department of Children and Families was tipped off about Cruz after he cut his arms on a Snapchat video and indicated that he planned to buy a gun, according to the Sun-Sentinel. The department even visited Cruz and questioned him before eventually determining that he “was at a low risk of harming himself or others.”
There is one gun control measure Rubio told DeFede he supports, one he wouldn’t have to vote on it either way: a state level proposal to allow police, with a judge’s order, to remove guns from the homes of individuals suspected of being mentally unfit to handle them.
“That is an example of a state law, that in this case, if it has been used could have prevented this,” the senator said.
No, it really, really couldn't. People at low risk of harming themselves or others sometimes do harm themselves, or others; and sometimes they don't. All the Senator is asking us to do is rely on a crystal ball.