The right-wing tactic to blame mass shootings and gun violence on anything but guns has reached a comical level at this point—Florida Gov. Rick Scott was just the latest in a line of GOPers to deny reality with a straight face.
“Can you accept any responsibility for the gun laws here in Florida? The fact that it is easier to walk out of a gun store in a half an hour with an AR-15 that can kill more people faster than a pistol, yet it is harder to get a pistol than an AR-15?” CNN host Pamela brown questioned.
“The Second Amendment didn’t kill anyone,” is essentially all he had to say.
Scott has primarily used his tenure as the governor of Florida to sign numerous NRA-backed bills; according to Jezebel, “By the end of 2014, Scott had managed to sign 12 NRA-sponsored bills…That was the year that he eked out the victory over Jeb Bush in the contest of which Floridian governor can do more for the NRA.”
CNN continued to press the issue and asked Scott whether he would rethink the gun laws in Florida, and Scott somehow jumped to ISIS, responding, “Let’s have a conversation about ISIS.”
ISIS did not commit the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history—that was done by a man who legally purchased guns in Scott’s state.
The influence that the NRA has on politicians has been well documented, but it continues to amaze those with common sense exactly how blinded our political leaders are.
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