Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) called out his Democratic colleagues for what he sees as an attempt to limit the Second Amendment rights of Americans.
The mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas left many Americans looking to Congress for a solution to gun violence. It didn’t take long before the crowded field of 2020 candidates started tossing out their ideas.
As IJR previously reported, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called for higher taxes on ammunition, raising the minimum age to own a weapon to 21, and a ban on assault weapons. Others, like former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), have signaled that they would be open to a mandatory assault weapons ban and buyback.
According to Scott, none of these suggestions would entirely stop future violent attacks like the shooting he had to manage as governor of Florida during the school shooting in Parkland.
During an interview on “America’s Newsroom,” he claimed the proposals put forward by Democrats are an attempt to take guns from the hands of law-abiding owners.
Watch Scott’s comments:
“This is like Groundhog Day. We have a shooting and the Democrats want to take away your guns. They don’t want to solve problems; they want to take away your guns. That’s what totalitarian governments do. But what we did in Florida was, after Parkland happened, I sat down within days — four to five days — I got law enforcement together, mental health counselors together and I got educators together and within three weeks we passed logical, common-sense legislation to make our schools and our communities safer. It started with Red Flag laws that said if you’re threatening harm to yourself or somebody else, the law enforcement can go to the court system and through due process, all weapons can be taken away. And then promptly after that, they have to go back to keep that going. It’s not forever.”
“I believe in the Second Amendment,” Scott said. “I’m not interested in taking away weapons from law-abiding citizens.”