Marco Rubio joined several other Republican presidential hopefuls this week in calling new Obama gun control measures the precursor to mass confiscation.
Marco is one of many voices who have expressed fear that Obama may make a move to confiscate guns from American citizens. Long before the president rolled out his newest efforts to curb gun violence, such theories were already rife among conservatives.
“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 … none of the attacks that he is talking about, none of these horrible, horrifying tragedies that have occurred that he cites as the rationale for these measures that he’s taking, not a single one of them would have been prevented by anything he’s proposing.”
Rubio’s comments were partially a reference to Obama’s much-discussed CNN Town Hall meeting about gun control on Thursday. During the discussion, some wondered if such confiscation rumors were really so outlandish. Mark Kelly, astronaut and husband of shooting victim Gabrielle Giffords, asked the president how the government could possibly take on such an endeavor, citing the common statistic of 350 million guns being present in 65 million American households.
Anderson Cooper, who conducted the town hall, chimed in before Obama answered, asking if such gun confiscation fears could be classified as a conspiracy. The president bluntly agreed that they were, denying the statements of conservatives like Marco.
“I’m sorry, but yes, it is fair to call it a conspiracy. What are you saying? Are you suggesting that the notion that we are creating a plot to take everybody’s guns away so that we can enforce martial law is a conspiracy? Yes, that is a conspiracy. I would hope you would agree with that. Is that controversial?… Look, I mean, I’m only going to be here for another year. I don’t know — when would I have started on this enterprise, right?”
Rubio, however, says he is not fooled by the short-term hurdles that would hamper an Obama gun confiscation program. Marco argues that since any such laws would only apply to those who actually followed them, it shows a clear grab at gun rights held dear by lawful Americans.
“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 markets, stolen guns, et cetera… This is absurd. And 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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