Marco Rubio's Ridiculous Screed Against Gun Safety Makes No Sense
When Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio took to the Senate floor Thursday to discuss gun safety, he didn't present any solutions to the problem. But he's pretty sure he knows what won't work: any policy that limits access to guns.
"The struggle up to this point has been that most of the proposals that have been offered would not have prevented, not just yesterday's tragedy, but any of those in recent history," he said.
As he began listing some of the proposals for limiting guns that he rejected, his reasoning was dubious at best.
Should we, for example, ban the AR-15, which police believe the shooter used in Wednesday's attack in Parkland? No, Rubio says.
"We did that once, and it didn't work for a lot of reasons," he said. "For one thing, there's already millions of these on the street. And those things, they last 100 years."
This argument makes little sense. There's also still a lot of lead paint around, and it's a struggle to get rid of it all. That doesn't mean we keep painting our houses with lead paint, because it's dangerous and having more of it around is even worse.
While Rubio takes it as an article of faith that the assault weapons ban didn't work, many experts disagree with that conclusion.
Background checks? Rubio thinks they can't be made to work either.
"If someone's decided 'I'm going to commit this crime,' they'll find the way to get the gun to do it," Rubio argued. "That doesn't mean you shouldn't have a law to make it harder, it just means, understand and be honest: It isn't going to stop this from happening."
While this is a common argument, it's completely unsupported by data. In fact, research suggests that background checks can reduce gun homicides.
Rubio has received $3 million in support so far from the NRA, the New York Times reports. Some argue that that money bought his inaction on these issues. But it's just as likely that the NRA funded his candidacy because it knew what it was getting: a politician completely unwilling to do anything to address gun violence.
Watch his comments below: