Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said he believes President Barack Obama would take away Americans' legally obtained guns if he could (video below).
“The Second Amendment is not an option, it is not a suggestion, it is a constitutional right of every American to be able to protect themselves and their families,” Rubio said during the Jan. 14 FOX Business GOP debate.
“I am convinced that if this president could confiscate every gun in America he would,” Rubio continued. “I am convinced that if this President could get rid of the Second Amendment he would. I am convinced because I see how he works with his Attorney General, not to defend the Second Amendment, but to figure out ways to undermine it. I have seen him appoint people to our courts not to defend the Second Amendment, but to figure out ways to undermine it.”
Rubio added that shootings will not be prevented by gun control laws.
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“Criminals don’t buy their guns from a gun show," he said. "They don’t buy their guns from a collector, and they don’t buy their guns from a gun store. They steal them, they get them on the black market. ISIS and terrorists do not get their guns from a gun show.”
When pushed to provide a fact that proves Obama wants to take away Americans guns, Rubio said it is shown in the press conferences the president gives wherein “he can’t wait to restrict people’s access to guns.”
During a televised town hall meeting Jan. 7, Obama was questioned by CNN moderator Anderson Cooper about the ongoing conspiracy theory that suggests the federal government, and Obama in particular, wants to take away Americans' guns as a precursor to martial law, Associated Press reported.
“Yes, that is a conspiracy," Obama said, according to AP. "I'm only going to be here for another year. When would I have started on this enterprise?"
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Obama blamed the National Rifle Association (NRA) and other gun groups for putting the idea in people's minds.
The NRA declined to participate in the town hall meeting, calling it a “public relations spectacle orchestrated by the White House.”