In January, Marco Rubio stated that: “As a strong defender of the 2nd Amendment, I will oppose the President’s attempts to undermine Americans’ constitutional right to bear arms.”
Yet a recent news headline read: Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio Team Up on Undetectable Firearms Act
There is no need to parse articles for Rubio's position on that bill. Here is the text of his press release:
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued the following statement regardingThe Undetectable Firearms Act, which cleared the U.S. Senate tonight and was passed last week by the U.S. House of Representatives:
“I supported reauthorizing the existing common sense law banning undetectable firearms, which are intended to avoid metal detectors and jeopardize public safety. I am glad gun control groups failed in their attempts to use this vote as an opportunity to further regulate the lawful ownership of firearms, a right protected by the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution.
“I continue to believe that the answer to gun-related violence is vigorous enforcement of existing criminal laws and enhanced efforts to address mental health problems. This is not the first time we’ve seen gun control advocates seize any opportunity to advance federal regulations, but I will continue to fight for the rights of law-abiding Americans to bear arms.”
Additional Background: The Undetectable Firearms Act bans the manufacture, possession and sale of firearms that can't be detected by metal detectors and requires handguns to be manufactured in the shape of a gun so they can be screened on X-ray machines. It was originally enacted in 1988 under President Ronald Reagan and has been reauthorized under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. The law was set to expire on December 9.
Let's rebut this pile of steaming BS.
- Anytime "common sense" is used in the context of gun control, the argument is invalid.
- Rubio believes violations of the Constitution can eventually go too far. How comforting.
- Rubio attempts to sell gun control as protecting gun owners. This is reminiscent of the Toomey-Manchin bill.
- The answer to (declining) gun violence is not through enforcement of gun laws as Rubio claims, but through an armed population.
Marco Rubio continues to slaughter conservative sacred cows in order to become part of the power structure.
UPDATE: In response to negative comments, let it be made clear that the federal government has zero authority to regulate firearms among the enumerated powers. Constitutional rights may not be violated based on subjective reasons such as personal preference and technological advances. The 2nd Amendment does not contain an "except to fight crime" clause after the phrase "shall not be infringed."