Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said on Jan. 17 that he bought a gun over the Christmas holidays to defend his family against the terrorist group ISIS, which is based in Iraq and Syria, as well as criminals (video below).
CBS News' "Face the Nation" host John Dickerson began the conversation by asking the GOP presidential candidate why he bought a firearm, notes Mediate.
“I’m a strong supporter of the Second Amendment," Rubio stated. "I have a right to protect my family if someone were to come after us, In fact, if ISIS were to visit us, or our communities, at any moment, the last line of defense between ISIS and my family is the ability that I have to protect my family from them, or from a criminal, or anyone else who seeks to do us harm. Millions of Americans feel that way.”
Mother Jones reported in 2012 that none of the 62 mass shootings in the U.S. over the past 30 years have been stopped by an armed civilian. The news site added that in two instances when regular folks tried to stop a mass shooting, in recent years, they were "gravely wounded or killed."
According to the Gun Violence Archive, in 2015, there were 13,356 reported deaths by guns in the U.S. and 26,947 injuries. There were 692 children -- ages 0-11 -- killed/injured, and 2,689 teens -- ages 12-17 -- killed/injured.
Additionally, there were 330 deaths in mass shootings, 1,282 via defensive uses of guns and 1,952 by accidental shootings.