Sen. Marco Rubio explains his "No" vote on gun control

6:50 PM, Apr 30, 2013   |    comments
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TEMPLE TERRACE, Florida -- U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R) supported and promoted school choice during a visit to the Florida College Academy in Tampa. Rubio says, "I think school choice provides that opportunity for parents to send children to a school of their choice."

Much like Rubio supports school choice, he backs the Second Amendment to bear arms, as do many Floridians, but Rubio voted against stricter gun control, even though a Quinnipiac poll shows 91 percent of Floridians support universal background checks.

Rubio says, "I don't believe the proposal that was made available is effective, not just preventing tragedies like the one we recently had, but in keeping guns out of the hands of criminals."

Rubio worried the gun control bill infringed on Second Amendment rights.

"Owning a gun is a constitutional right," says Rubio. "If people want to change the Constitution, they should have the courage to say they want to get rid of the Second Amendment. Most people aren't willing to say that."

Some gun safety critics say Rubio and the rest of the Senate have not gone far enough in making gun ownership safer when it failed to pass a stricter gun control bill. Rubio says a future bill needs to be broader.

"I hope the debate won't just be about gun control. I hope the debate will be about violence, which is really the issue. What people are using to commit the violence with is important, but the fact that they are committing the violence is even more important, and I do think we need to have a more serious conversation about what's happening in our country."

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