Rubio: Obama's gun control policies would not have prevented Newtown

"The problem is that laws are only followed by law-abiding people," he said

By Jillian Rayfield

Published February 13, 2013 3:18PM (EST)

In an interview with CBS "This Morning," Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., followed up his response to President Obama's State of the Union address by dismissing the President's call for Congress to pass gun prevention measures.  "The problem is that everything the president is proposing would do nothing to prevent what has happened in Newtown, and nothing to prevent further violence in the future."

He continued: "In Florida we have gun laws that are pretty strict in terms of requiring background checks, and if you’re a concealed weapons permit holder, all the requirements for that. The problem is that laws are only followed by law-abiding people. The people who commit these gun crimes they don’t care what the law is. They don’t follow the law. They’re criminals."

Rubio added that he would be open to proposals, but none would address the mass shooting in Newtown. "If they want to change the Second Amendment, if they want to change America’s gun law, that’s fine. Have a debate about it. In terms of being honest, none of these proposals that they’re proposing would do that."

Rubio also addressed his mid-speech water grab and the surrounding attention, saying: "I had a long day of work. I had already taped an eighteen minute speech in Spanish. So I’m just glad the water was near by. I don’t know what I would have done without it."


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