Marco Rubio - The Record on the 2nd
And I'm troubled this debate is about guns. It should be about violence. Violence is the problem, guns are what they're using. We are missing a golden opportunity to have an open, honest and serious conversation about these horrific violent acts, because everyone's focused on passing these laws that have proven ineffective.
Source: CNN SOTU 2013 interview series: 2016 presidential hopefuls , Apr 14, 2013
I have a concealed weapon permit. I don't [carry] because I spend most of my time in airports and in the Capitol where you're not allowed to necessarily carry those around. But let me say this to you: all Americans have a right to that--all Americans have a Second-Amendment right to buy a firearm, to possess one for both self-defense and for sport. And we should be very careful about anything that infringes on that. Now, if someone has an effective way to protect that right and to prevent criminals from getting access to weapons, certainly I think everyone is open to that.
Source: CBS Face the Nation 2013 series: 2016 presidential hopefuls , Apr 14, 2013
Deal with gun violence, but do it constitutionally. We were all heart broken by the recent [school shooting] tragedy in Connecticut. We must effectively deal with the rise of violence in our country. But unconstitutionally undermining the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans is not the way to do it.
Source: GOP Response to 2013 State of the Union Address , Feb 12, 2013
2nd Amendment is a cornerstone of our democracy. Like the rest of our Constitution, I believe the 2nd Amendment is a cornerstone of our democracy. I believe the right to bear arms is a constitutionally protected right. The right of citizens to defend themselves by bearing arms is a fundamental human right that should be protected.
Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, www.marcorubio.com, "Issues" , Feb 3, 2010
Jeb Bush: At GOP Debate
Bush said he not only supports it but that “we need to encourage that kind of involvement.”Jeb Bush’s only stipulation was that a judge needs to sign off on the confiscation before it takes place.
Here is Hewitt’s exact question: “If a family member calls and says my child, my brother, my sister is disturbed, ought the state be able to go and get their weapon without a hearing?'”
Bush’s exact response: “I think there needs to be hearing, but the fact is, I think we need to encourage that kind of involvement.”