The Washington Post has handed the gun prohibition lobby something of a slap in the face by confirming via its “Fact Checker” column that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was spot-on when he told CBS a few days ago that existing and proposed gun laws would not have stopped recent high-profile mass shootings.
The revelation came at a time when gun control is a hot-button issue. Across the nation, there are reports from various law enforcement agencies that Americans are “arming up” by applying for carry permits in the wake of San Bernardino. President Obama is reportedly working on some scheme to skirt Congress by instituting new gun regulations via executive order.
So, for the Washington Post, which has never been friendly toward the Second Amendment, to essentially put the lie to one of the driving forces behind the gun prohibition movement amounts to a significant story.
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Rubio, who is running for his party’s 2016 presidential nomination, comes out of this smelling like a rose. The Fact Checker gave him a rare “Geppetto” checkmark, meaning that his statement is truthful.
The gun control battle is heating up with the president and his cronies on one side and millions of armed citizens on the other, along with gun rights organizations including the National Rifle Association, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and Gun Owners of America. It is shaping up as a critical element of the 2016 campaign season.
Millions of Americans are already licensed to carry, and after the San Bernardino terrorist attack, more people are literally lining up at the offices of county sheriffs, and the doors of gun shops. Reports from one corner of the country to the other affirm a new interest in guns, self-defense and the Second Amendment.
Sheriff’s departments in Washington State have had to post notices on their websites and Facebook that there is a surge of applications for concealed pistol licenses. This has been noticed in the past week, and appears to be driven by concerns that what happened in California can happen elsewhere.
And the public is apparently getting wise to the truth of what Rubio said, and the Washington Post confirmed. Existing gun laws and proposed tougher laws would not have prevented any of the mass shootings that have alarmed the public. Now they are taking steps that will at least give them a chance to fight back.
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