VIDEO: Sen. Rubio Talks Gun Control Debate on CBS THIS MORNING
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Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) told CBS THIS MORNING that the president's proposals on gun control "would do nothing to prevent what has happened in Newtown, and nothing to prevent further violence in the future."
"I'd like to see a proposal that works; if they want to change America's gun law, that's fine. Have a debate about it," Rubio told Co-Hosts Norah O'Donnell and Charlie Rose in an interview that was broadcast live today, Feb. 13, on CBS THIS MORNING (7:00-9:00 AM) on the CBS Television Network.
Rubio also said that he doesn't support a minimum wage law, and took a moment to explain his "water bottle" moment from last night's State of the Union response.
Below are excerpts from the interview.
Rose: Do you agree with the President that those people deserve a vote?
Rubio: First of all, our heart is broken for those people, as I said last night. All of us would want to prevent that from happening again. Anything that would work to prevent that, again we should want to vote on. The problem is that everything the president is proposing would do nothing to prevent what has happened in Newtown, and nothing to prevent further violence in the future. You know, we have gun laws in America. In Florida we have gun laws that are pretty strict in terms of requiring background checks, and if you're a concealed weapons permit holder, all the requirements for that. The problem is that laws are only followed by law-abiding people. The people who commit these gun crimes they don't care what the law is. They don't follow the law. They're criminals. That's my concern with the proposal I see coming out. I also think they undermine on the other hand the right of law-abiding citizens to possess arms via the Second Amendment. So I'm not sure which proposals the president was referring to but I'm sure there'll be votes on it.
Rose: So you'd like a proposal that you can vote on?
Rubio: I'd like to see a proposal that works. The things they outline, none of that would have prevented what happened in Connecticut. So if they want to change the second amendment, if they want to change America's gun law, that's fine. Have a debate about it. In terms of being honest, none of these proposals that they're proposing would do that.