Republican Gov. Rick Scott of Florida told CNN on June 17 that Syrian refugees and ISIS are the problems to focus on, not guns, following the worst mass shooting in U.S. history in Orlando (video below).
Scott was asked about his state's gun laws, which make it harder to buy a pistol than an AR-15 assault weapon, but he ignored the question and quickly switched the topic to ISIS, notes POLITICO:
Let’s remember, the Second Amendment has been around for over 200 years. It didn’t, you know, that’s not what killed innocent people
There’s gonna be a time to have a conversation about what we do to make our state or city, our country, safer again. But let's have a conversation about how we destroy ISIS. Where’s that conversation?
That conversation has been going on for the past two years, as the Obama administration has been bombing the terrorist group since 2014.
Scott then switched the topic to the terrorist attacks in Paris and Syrian refugees coming into the U.S., neither of which were related to U.S.-born citizen Omar Mateen killing 49 people with an AR-15 at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
Scott's assertion that ISIS was somehow involved in the Orlando shooting appears to be false.
Mateen reportedly pledged his allegiance to ISIS shortly before he was killed by law enforcement, but CIA chief John Brennan said he has not been "able to uncover any link" between Mateen and the terrorist group, The Guardian reports.
Additionally, the FBI has said Mateen was not contacting ISIS or under orders from ISIS before he went on his mass shooting attack.
There are have been more mass shootings in the U.S. than any other country, according to CNN.
The cable network noted a 2016 study that found between 1966 to 2012, the U.S. laid claim to 31 percent of the world's mass shootings even though the U.S. only has five percent of the world's population.