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Florida School Shooting Sparks Cries For Stricter Gun Control, Congressman Says That Won't Help

Congressman Trey Gowdy, a Tea Party conservative, said on Fox News that he'd be happy to pass legislation to stop future mass shootings. He just doesn't know what will do it and doesn't believe stricter gun control laws are the answer.

He argues that we don't need to create new laws; we need to enforce the ones that we already have.

Gowdy defended Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who was blasted for saying that gun control laws would not have stopped the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Valentine's Day.

"I understand. I really do. You read in the newspaper that they used a certain kind of gun and therefore let's make it harder to get those kinds of guns. I don't have some sort of de facto religious objection to that or some ideological commitment to that, per se," said Rubio.

"If we do something, it should be something that works. And the struggle up to this point has been that most of the proposals that have been offered would not have prevented, not just yesterday's tragedy, but any of those in recent history."

After the most recent school shooting, the argument between those supporting the Second Amendment and those who would like to see most, if not all, guns banned heated up. Congressman Gowdy told Fox News that he agrees with Rubio.

“I don’t know anyone who would not pass a law today to prevent the next mass shooting, but to Sen. Rubio’s point, you gotta find out how he accessed the gun, we have to find out whether there was a data point in his background where someone could have reported it, whether or not he accessed the gun legally or illegally,” Gowdy explained.

The congressman noted that the call to restrict gun access is a common knee-jerk reaction after a tragic event, but won't actually solve the problem. Gowdy says people need to get the facts before they call for legislation or they're just jumping the gun, so to speak.

“Usually at about this time, we hear about the gun show loophole, fine, close the gun show loophole, but how many mass killings have resulted from guns purchased at gun shows?”

Gowdy says that prosecuting people who obtain guns illegally would be better than making guns inaccessible for law-abiding Americans. He notes that before the Obama administration, there had been an eight-year decline in gun violence.   

"Enforce these laws for which the Obama administration said there was no jury appeal," he notes, adding that he realizes a murder has better jury appeal than an illegal gun charge. By prosecuting illegal gun charges, however, it may prevent the murders from taking place.  

“If you can show me a law that will prevent the next mass killing, go ahead and sign me up for it,” Gowdy said.

The congressman also issued an apology to youths of today for having to grow up with this kind of prevalent violence.

"You have witnessed school shootings, mall shootings, concert shootings, there is no place that seems safe in our society," he says, adding that the loss of innocence of this generation is as tragic as the loss of life.

Source: Daily Caller, NewsMax
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