One of the first people to come out to declare his opposition to President Obama's new proposals to curb gun violence yesterday was none other than Republican-Tea Party golden boy and "Presidential hopeful" Marco Rubio (nRa-Koch.)
Because he's shown little sign of having common sense, the statement isn't much of a surprise. Nor is the ignorance, or the self-serving political cowardice it contains:
“As the father of four young children, I was deeply saddened by the murder of innocent kids at Sandy Hook. In the aftermath of this terrible tragedy, I expressed my hope that President Obama and our elected leaders would take a sober look at how we can prevent such heinous murders in the future. Doing so would require addressing the underlying causes of these evil acts, and keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill without curtailing the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.
“Nothing the President is proposing would have stopped the massacre at Sandy Hook. President Obama is targeting the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens instead of seriously addressing the real underlying causes of such violence. Rolling back responsible citizens’ rights is not the proper response to tragedies committed by criminals and the mentally ill. Making matters worse is that President Obama is again abusing his power by imposing his policies via executive fiat instead of allowing them to be debated in Congress. President Obama’s frustration with our republic and the way it works doesn’t give him license to ignore the Constitution.
“Guns are not the problem; criminals with evil in their hearts and mentally ill people prone to violence are. Rather than sweeping measures that make it harder for responsible, law-abiding citizens to purchase firearms, we should focus on the root causes of gun violence and keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.
“As a strong defender of the 2nd Amendment, I will oppose the President’s attempts to undermine Americans’ constitutional right to bear arms.”
This is a serious issue, and yet this is what passes for "Presidential" in the world of the GOP.
The statement is pretty much boiler plate straight from the fringe leaders of the NRA. I wouldn't be surprised if it was written well in advance of the announcement yesterday. Makes sense coming from the guy who laid claim to an immigration plan which is basically just President Obama's from two years ago with Rubio's name slapped on it. I won't say he copied and pasted his gun statement, but it sure is a dead ringer for that of some of the other Republicans in the Senate.
It's bad enough that it was probably penned and ready to go long before the announcement, but anyone who read the President's proposal would easily see that it appears Rubio had no idea what the President's recommendations were at the time. But if you give him the benefit of the doubt that he wrote this after reviewing the proposals, that would imply that Rubio is either incredibly dense, or he just plain doesn't care to do anything to protect children's lives, unless of course, it's a fetus.
For whatever reason, this statement is just plain dumb. Worse, it's a blatant kick in the gut to those parents who lost their children last month in Connecticut, and anyone who might lose a loved one under similar circumstances in the future. Rubio stands with the fringe and the NRA and has no intention of doing anything that could prevent another tragedy, no matter what the cost.
I have no doubt that Rubio "was saddened" by the murders as the "father of four young children." But he wasn't saddened enough to actually do anything about it. No doubt he loves his children, but apparently he has no regard for anyone else's.
Rubio does so much hand-ringing over his 2nd Amendment rights being trampled, and says Obama's proposals "attempt to undermine Americans’ constitutional right to bear arms," but notice he doesn't say how. That's because he can't. They don't. Perhaps he might want to actually read the Constitution sometime.
As far as taking a "sober look" at the underlying causes and issues, that was addressed by the President. He called for research, prevention, and improving access to mental health services. He also addressed ways to keep guns out of the hands of those who are mentally ill and from criminals. Rubio would know that, had he read the proposals. If he did a little research he would also find that the NRA has not only block things like background checks, but blocked research into those underlying causes Rubio professes to care so much about.
Then there's this astounding charge: “Nothing the President is proposing would have stopped the massacre at Sandy Hook." Really? Because I can think of things that might have stopped it. First of all, that "law abiding citizen" who owned the guns used was Lanza's mother. Not Lanza. Further, had he not had access to an assault rifle, there may have been fewer children killed. One of those children was hit 11 times. Finally, background checks can prevent those with mental health issues from getting a gun in the first place. Rubio wouldn't have to read the proposals to come up with those. They're just common sense.
Rubio goes on: "Making matters worse is that President Obama is again abusing his power by imposing his policies via executive fiat instead of allowing them to be debated in Congress."
Abuse of power? Earth to potential Presidential candidate Rubio: He's the President. He has the power to do these things. He can sign executive orders. (Obama's were "executive actions," not orders.) Presidents do it all the time, and some quite often. See: Bush, George W. I don't recall anyone in the GOP threatening to "impeach" Bush over any of his. As for impeachment over this "abuse of power," good luck.
As for not allowing a debate in Congress? Several proposals are to be addressed in Congress. Among them the assault weapons ban. To save himself further embarrassment, Rubio might want to read up on that one. The man he claims to worship and whose name Rubio inserts into most of his speeches as many times as possible supported the assault weapons ban in 1994. Ronald Reagan. He supported the 2nd Amendment too, but even Reagan was smart enough to know you can do both. Rubio? Not so much.
And finally, Rubio says "Guns are not the problem." If that were the case, those children would still be alive and we wouldn't be having this conversation.
Yesterday, Rubio also made another statement. He said:
I actually think the president just doesn’t have the guts to admit it, he is not a believer in the Second Amendment although he states that he is. And that’s what I’m saying. The Second Amendment is in the Constitution. I didn’t write the Constitution. Neither did you, neither did he. If he doesn’t want the Second Amendment to be in the Constitution or he wants to reform the Second Amendment, then have the guts to admit that.
That's right Marco. It's all a conspiracy just like the NRA predicted. He "doesn't have the guts to admit it? He's not a believer even though he says he is?" I think Rubio needs to take his tinfoil hat in for a tune up. While he's at it, he may want to reconsider his profession, and running for President.
These are serious issues. This country needs leaders who care about everyone in the country, not just those of one party or interest group. We need leaders who are capable of critical thought, not to mention those who can read and understand the Constitution at the very least.
And at this moment, we need leaders who care about people's lives. Children's lives. ALL children's lives.
Marco Rubio isn't capable of these things, and to have gotten as far as he has is a frightening thing for this country.