Rubio rips prez on firearm curbs, OK with no-fly listees buying guns – Boston Herald
GREENLAND, N.H. — Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio blasted President Obama for using the San Bernardino terror rampage to push for tighter gun control and rejected Hillary Clinton’s call for a bill to bar suspected terrorists on no-fly lists from buying firearms.
“You’re talking about denying people a Second Amendment constitutional right because the federal government made a mistake and there is no due process by which you can go and get your name removed,” Rubio told reporters yesterday.
Rubio said there are 50,000 Americans on the no-fly list and more than 750,000 Americans on a watch list, but claimed that many are listed simply because their name sounds like someone else’s or because the FBI wants to question them about someone else.
Clinton, who made campaign stops in the Granite State Thursday, repeatedly called for the passage of a bill offered by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein — co-sponsored by Bay State Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey — to bar no-fly listees from buying guns.
The Senate formally voted down the amendment on Thursday.
Rubio, speaking at the Portsmouth Country Club yesterday, called it “outrageous” that President Obama and other Democrats were pushing for tougher gun control measures “within seconds” of the San Bernardino attacks.
“I don’t want to hear anything more about the president talking about gun control,” Rubio said.
“We need bomb control,” because the San Bernardino attackers were found to have possessed pipe bombs. “We need terrorist control.”
New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte — perhaps the most prominent Granite State Republican politico not to have endorsed anyone yet in the GOP primary sweepstakes — attended Rubio’s event, but was also slated to speak at an unrelated portion of the program at the country club.
Nonetheless, Rubio called on attendees, three separate times, to re-elect Ayotte to the Senate.
Rubio continues to poll consistently in the top three in the Granite State, but remains far behind front-runner Donald Trump. The RealClear Politics poll average in the Granite State gives Trump a 15-point lead over second-place Rubio, 27-12 percent.
One woman at the event asked Rubio yesterday if he thought Trump had the “foresight” to be president.
“He doesn’t have more foresight than me,” Rubio said.