Watch ABC's George Stephanopoulos Correct Marco Rubio On President Obama's Executive Actions On Guns

Stephanopoulos: "Fact Checkers Have Called You Out ... Where Has The President Called For Proposals For Taking Away Guns? He Has Not Done That"


From the January 10 edition of ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos:

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GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (HOST): President Obama made a brand new bid for background checks on gun sales this week, and one of your recent ads said that President Obama's plan would take away our guns. The president took on that argument this week.


STEPHANOPOULOS: Fact checkers have called you out on that, as well. Where has the president called for proposals for taking away guns? He has not done that.

SEN. MARCO RUBIO: Well his proposal for everything is to infringe on the Second Amendment. There was a terrorist attack in San Bernardino, before even the facts are known, he immediately jumps and says we need gun control. This is what he always resorts to.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But take away our guns?

RUBIO: Well, if he could, he would. Obviously he knows he's constrained by the Second Amendment, so what he tries to do is chip away at it every chance he gets. And he wants this debate to be about --

STEPHANOPOULOS: So you concede he hasn't called for that?

RUBIO: George, if he could, he would. And let me tell you what he's trying to do, he is trying to keep guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens by continuing to put new restrictions on our gun rights. Let me give you an example. He says he wants -- Barack Obama says he wants this debate to be about fact and truth. Good. Let's have it about fact and truth. Here's the fact and here's the truth: None of the attacks that he is talking about, none of these horrible, horrifying tragedies that have occurred that he cites asthe rationale for these new measures that he's taking, not a single one of them would have been prevented by anything he's proposing, and the reason why is because killers and criminals do not care what the gun laws are. They are not going to go to someone that conducts background checks. They will continue to get their guns the way they have always gotten their guns. From the black market, stolen guns, et cetera, so this is absurd. The only people that are going to follow this law are law-abiding people. This is nothing but an effort from the left to continue to chip away at the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans.


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