Republican presidential are unanimous that there should be no gun control measures following the Dec. 2 mass shooting in San Bernardino, California.
Married couple Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik attacked government workers with assault rifles during a holiday party, killing 14. Authorities discovered a stockpile of ammunition, firearms and pipe bombs at their rented home. The mass shooting has since been classified as a terrorist attack on U.S. soil after the couple’s support of the Islamic State group was discovered on social media.
During his Dec. 6 address, U.S. President Barack Obama called for new legislation to prohibit “no-fly list” individuals from purchasing firearms as well as restrictions on assault rifle ownership.
"What could possibly be the argument for allowing a terror suspect to buy a semi-automatic weapon? This is a matter of national security," says Obama, according to Business Insider.
"I know there are some who reject any gun-safety measures, but the fact is that our intelligence and law-enforcement agencies, no matter how effective they are, cannot identify every would-be mass shooter, whether that individual is motivated by ISIL, or some other hateful ideology,” the president adds. “What we can do, and must do, is make it harder for them to kill."
Candidates for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination disagree.
Since the San Bernardino terror attack, each Republican candidate has voiced resistance to imposing any form of gun control and instead say that more guns are the answer.
Current GOP frontrunner Donald Trump says spaces that forbid gun carrying are more of a liability than lax gun control. “A gun free zone is like meat to these animals,” the business mogul says, according to ABC News.
“If you are going to kill 15 people, do you think a control law is going to stop you?” Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said.
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas even hosted a Second Amentment rally in Iowa shortly after the San Bernadino attack.
““And the press was all atwitter - how insensitive it was to do a Second Amendment rally in the wake of San Bernardino,” Cruz told radio show host Mike Gallagher on Dec. 7, Washington Times reports. “And you know, I have to admit, I enjoyed telling the reporters, listen, I don’t think it’s my job to be sensitive to radical Islamic terrorists.
“And you don’t stop the bad guys by taking away our guns. You stop the bad guys by using our guns, and a free and armed American citizenry is how we keep ourselves safe.”
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida has defended his vote against banning the sale of guns to those on the no-fly list.
“You're talking about denying people a second amendment, a constitutional right because the federal government made a mistake and there's no due process, there's no due process by which you can go and get your name removed,” Rubio said, according to NBC News. “To act like these are reliable lists when you have 700,000 Americans, over 700,000 Americans with their name on one list or another, I just don't think that's the right approach.”