By Javier ManjarresWill Senator Marco Rubio oppose what are likely to be new control measures advanced by Democrats in 2013? Yesterday, Rubio Press Secretary Alex Conant said that the Senator “is looking for public policy changes that would prevent such a horrible event from happening again.”
Conant also stated that Rubio “supports a serious and comprehensive study of our laws.” But what does that exactly mean? Many gun rights activists are assuming that Rubio continue with his strong support of the second amendment and oppose any new anti-gun legislation that could come out of Senate in the aftermath of the school incident in Connecticut. But will mounting pressure from the gun-control lobby cause Rubio to hedge his support?
Democrat Senators Frank Lautenberg and Diane Feinstein are openly calling for the re-institution of an ‘assault weapons’ ban. Predictably, President Obama and his gun control cronies will milk this tragedy for every last drop of political gain they can get out of it.
Unfortunately, Democrats have distorted and co-opted the language in the gun control debate and are using it to advance their political agenda. The word ‘assault’ is actually a behavior or action that is taken by the individual handling weapon- it is not a proper description of the weapon itself. In other words, ‘any’ weapon can be considered an assault weapon, even the smallest caliber of firearms, to the largest of knives.
Definition of ASSAULT
a : a violent physical or verbal attack
b : a military attack usually involving direct combat with enemy forcesc : a concerted effort (as to reach a goal or defeat an adversary)
a : a threat or attempt to inflict offensive physical contact or bodily harm on a person (as by lifting a fist in a threatening manner) that puts the person in immediate danger of or in
It’s highly unlikely that Rubio will not back any such ‘gun-control’ measure. This does not mean that he would not support tightening ‘the noose’ on existing measures already in place that would make it more difficult for criminals and mentally unstable citizens from being able to obtain weapons. Rubio is a responsible firearms enthusiast himself, so much so that to keep the target he once used to qualify for his concealed weapons license pinned up in his campaign office.
Here is the statement from Rubio’s spokesman-
“In the aftermath of the unspeakable tragedy in Newtown, Sen. Rubio, like millions of Americans, is looking for public policy changes that would prevent such a horrible event from happening again,” spokesman Alex Conant said. “He remains a strong supporter of the Second Amendment right to safely and responsibly bear arms. But he has also always been open to measures that would keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. The challenge with gun laws is that by definition criminals do not follow the law. For example, Connecticut’s gun laws, some of the strictest in the nation, were not able to prevent this atrocity. Nevertheless, he supports a serious and comprehensive study of our laws to find new and better ways to prevent any more mass shootings.” – Hot Air
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