Soon To Be Ex-Senator, And Never Future President, Marco Rubio
Last week, Marco-Air-Between-My-Ears-Rubio made a handful of his absurd excuses for not doing anything about making it harder for terrorists to buy guns in the U.S., something that is easier for them to do than it is for many Americans to, say, vote.
Speaking from, and for the benefit of those existing in the FOX "News" bubble, Rubio said this about the terrorist attack in San Bernardino:
“When this first came out– without knowing anything about the case — the first thing [the left] started talking about was gun control,” Rubio said. “I don’t hear anybody talking about bomb control. They put bombs and left bombs behind on the scene of attack [sic], intending to kill even more people than they did with guns.”
Given that Rubio is, as I alluded to, an airhead, we shouldn't be surprised that after a mass shooting where people died of massive bullet wounds, Rubio would require more information before he could make the assumption that the cause of those deaths were in fact guns. At least that's the dumbed down version for FOX viewers who may not be aware that Rubio gets lots of money in the form of campaign contributions from the NRA to make these stupid excuses in the first place.
After you get past the amazement concerning that statement, let's proceed to the next one:
“I don’t hear anybody talking about bomb control. They put bombs and left bombs behind on the scene of attack [sic], intending to kill even more people than they did with guns.”
To point out the obvious, we have "bomb control" already in this country. That's why you can't go to the local bomb store to get one the same way you can get a gun with gun stores on every corner in America. You can't go to Walmart and grab a bomb along with a dozen eggs, a loaf of bread, some toys for the kids, and a gun.
Rubio's next point:
"They put bombs and left bombs behind on the scene of attack [sic], intending to kill even more people than they did with guns.”
The key word here being "intended." They may well have intended to kill even more with those bombs, but luckily they didn't, for whatever reason. Bombs take time to build, set up, and set off, while guns are quicker and much easier. At least in this case they were. But Rubio is still waiting to analyze the evidence on this.
But getting back to Rubio's original feigned outrage:
“I don’t hear anybody talking about bomb control."
There is one form of control over bomb making that people have talked about, people in Congress, to be specific. But (surprise!) Rubio isn't one of them.
After the bombing at the Boston Marathon, efforts to search for clues were impeded because of a law that prevents the tracing of explosives, the reason being that the NRA, who again, gives politicians like Rubio lots of money, have blocked it just as they have any laws that deal with guns. Laws like those that would keep terrorists from buying guns, which Rubio and the GOP voted to block just days ago.
After the marathon bombing, then Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, introduced a bill that would require background checks to be run on anyone buying explosive powder. That was back in 2013.
Well, guess what? The bill is still sitting there and no action has been taken on it. Back when S. 792 was first introduced, I wrote a blog post on it, entitled "Will Rubio Have The Guts To Vote For Background Checks On Explosive Powders Used In Bombings?" Of course, he never got a chance to vote on it because it's barely moved. But when Rubio did in fact hear Reid "talking about bomb control," did Rubio do anything about it? Of course he didn't. He's either just plain ignoring the existence of that legislation now, or he's completely unaware it does exist, which might not be too surprising given that he rarely shows up for work in the Senate anyway.
Because he does the NRA's bidding along with the rest of the GOP, we can count on Rubio to keep on ignoring the evidence staring him in the face and continuing to put the nation and lives at risk, be it from one of our now nearly daily mass shootings, or at the hands of terrorists, foreign or domestic. For the love of NRA money, and/or for "positive political developments" for the benefit of one Marco Rubio, he is happy to play dumb, just as he's claiming he sees no evidence of bigotry toward Muslims in this country while the GOP frontrunner who is beating him in the polls is falsely screaming to his supporters that they all want to kill Americans. (So are Rubio and the rest of his party, for that matter.) Rubio also claimed on a recent campaign stop that terrorists have no interest in coming here to buy guns, while ignoring the fact that it's so easy to get guns here the terrorists even made a video about it for their followers, and while ignoring the fact that one of the guns used in the Paris terrorist attack were traced to his home state of Florida.
Rubio loves to hold himself out as one worthy of the Oval Office when there is evidence everywhere to the contrary. Because, among many other reasons, so far all he's proven is that as a President, he would rather play dumb in the face of clear evidence and leave American lives at risk.
And we've seen how that worked out the last time a Republican was in the White House.
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