GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio bought a gun on Christmas Eve, citing the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
The Florida senator stopped by a gun store in New Hampshire last week. He later held a rally at Sturm, Ruger and Co., where he was gifted a rifle by the Newport-based firearms manufacturing company.
“My wife and I, we're gun owners,” he told the company. “This our first rifle in our home. It will be a nice addition.”
The Republican also bought a gun on Christmas Eve, stating it wasn’t the first gun he owned.
“I have a right to protect my family,” the GOP presidential candidate said on CBS’s Face The Nation. “In fact, if ISIS were to visit us or our communities at any moment, the last line of defense between ISIS and my family is the ability that I have to protect my family from them or from a criminal or anyone else who seeks to do us harm. Millions of Americans feel that way.”
The presidential candidate has suggested in the past that President Barack Obama was underestimating the threat posed by ISIS. Rubio’s support for the Second Amendment reflects a similar argument from gun enthusiasts, that is, easier access to guns makes it easier for innocent citizens to defend themselves against mass shooters. However, studies reveal civilians have almost never been successful in breaking up such massacres.
More than 12,000 Americans were killed by gunshots in 2015. Many critics of U.S. gun laws have debated the ease with which anyone can procure firearms enables potential terrorists to acquire guns for violence.
Nevertheless, Rubio has stood strong with his stance against gun control.
“The Second Amendment is not a suggestion,” Rubio said at last week’s Republican presidential debate. “It is a right.”