CNN Reporter Asks FL. Gov Rick Scott If State’s Gun Laws Played a Role in Attack

Screen Shot 2016-06-17 at 12.26.00 PMWhen a CNN reporter asked Florida Gov. Rick Scott if the terrorist attack in his state, where it is easier to purchase a rifle than a handgun, had affected his views on gun control, Scott said that “nobody on a terrorist watch list should be able to get a gun,” but averred that “the Second Amendment didn’t kill anybody.”

“This is ISIS,” he said. “This is evil. This is radical Islam. I’m tired of what’s going on in our country, that we’re not focussed enough on ISIS.”

The emphasis, he argued, should not be on easy access of guns, but on vetting Muslims coming into the country.

“Yes, ISIS, terrorism could be to blame,” CNN’s Pamela Brown asked. “But can you accept any responsibility for the gun laws here in Florida? The fact that it is easier to walk out of a gun store in a half hour with an AR-15 that can kill more people faster than a pistol. Yet it’s harder to get a pistol than an AR-15.”

The state’s lax gun laws had absolutely nothing to do with the slaughter, he affirmed. “Let’s remember: The Second Amendment’s been around for over 200 years. That’s not what killed innocent people. Evil killed innocent people,” he said, adding that he would not push for any changes in gun laws.

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