Republican Candidates Agree: Armed Civilians Stop Mass Shootings

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The many Republican presidential candidates may clash frequently over a myriad of issues, but there is one that they all agree on: guns.

On Dec. 5, three days after the nation's second mass shooting in a week left 14 people dead in San Bernardino, California, several candidates spoke out on gun control, and they all echoed similar sentiments, reports ABC.

"We don't stop the bad guys by taking away our guns," Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said, according to ABC. "We stop the bad guys by using our guns."

A libertarian-leaning GOP candidate agreed.

"If you are going to kill 15 people, do you think a control law is going to stop you?" Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said.

The California shooting came just days after a gunman opened fire at a Colorado Springs, Colorado, Planned Parenthood health clinic, killing three people.

"A gun free zone is like meat to these animals," Donald Trump said.

Democrats and other gun control advocates have become increasingly vocal about enacting stricter gun legislation. In President Obama's Dec. 6 prime time address to the nation, he called on Congress to prevent those on the no-fly list from purchasing guns, the New York Times reports.

What could possibly be the argument for allowing a terrorist suspect to buy a semiautomatic weapon?" Obama said during his speech, according to the New York Times. "This is a matter of national security."

Many Republicans, however, such as Cruz, Trump, and Ben Carson have pointed to harsher immigration restrictions as a secondary solution to preventing radical Islamism-driven attacks in the U.S., notes ABC.

Tafsheen Malik, the woman accused of opening fire in San Bernardino with her husband, entered the United States on a K-1 visa, more commonly known as a "fiancee visa," which has raised some skepticism towards the program.

"If people come in and they blow up people and they shoot people and they kill people, I don't rule out anything," Trump said. "We're going to have to start looking at people very closely because we cannot allow this to happen in our country."

The real estate mogul suggested that something like this could very readily happen again.

"That vetting resulted in missing someone who could carry out such a horrendous crime, that should be the end of the argument right there," he said.

Sources: ABC, New York Times / Photo Credit: Michael Saechang/Flickr

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