Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said on Dec. 4 that stricter gun laws would have done nothing to stop shootings like the recent San Bernardino massacre.
In a "Fox and Friends" interview, the GOP presidential hopeful explained that California already enforces harsher gun laws than many other places in the U.S., reports the Washington Times.
“First of all, criminals will always have access to weapons — that’s why it’s important that law-abiding citizens have access to the ability to protect themselves,” Rubio told “Fox and Friends.”
In the wake of several recent mass shootings, including the one in San Bernardino as well as a recent one on a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado, many Democratic lawmakers have been focusing on fighting hard for stricter gun control measures. On Dec. 3, the Senate voted against a bill that would have expanded background check requirements for those seeking to purchase guns as well as another measure that would prevent those suspected of having terrrorist ties from buying firearms.
“Even all the proposals that the Left are putting out — if they were all in place, none of them would have disrupted not just the attack in San Bernardino, but none of these other major attacks we’ve seen over the last few years in this country, whether they’re terrorist-related or not," Rubio said, citing the gun control laws in both California and France.
“These laws have never been proven to do anything to reduce gun violence,” he added.
Rubio also called out the Democrats for using the tragedy to advocate gun control.
“Within seconds, within minutes of this attack, you had multiple left-wing Democrats, whether they were senators or Hillary Clinton, out there talking about gun control as if somehow it would have done anything to prevent this attack, and there’s no consequences for them having been wrong on it,” Rubio said. “This is a terror attack, and these individuals were plotting to kill as many people as possible — not just with guns, but with pipe bombs — and we need to understand this crisis for what it is. We are at war with radical jihadists.”
In 2015, there has been an average of more than one mass shooting per day in the United States, according to Shooting Tracker.