PAUL: Look, I don’t want my marriage or my guns registered in Washington.
BUSH:… we need to make sure that we protect the privacy laws…. I do think the natural impulse on the left — Hillary Clinton, immediately after one of these horrific violent acts took place, immediately said we need to have federal gun laws. President Obama almost reflexively always says the same thing.
And the net result is, you’re going to take away rights of — of law-abiding citizens, the 99.999 percent of the people that are law-abiding citizens. That’s not the right approach to do it.
In Florida, we have a background check. We have concealed-weapon permit holders, and in fact, there’s 1,200,000 of them. We have a reduction in violent crime because we put people behind bars when they use a gun in the commission of the crime. That’s the better approach.
But we’re living in a society today where despair kind of grows in isolation.
HEWITT: If a family member calls and says, “My child, my brother, my sister is disturbed,” ought the state be able to go and get their weapon without a hearing?
BUSH: I — I think there needs to be a hearing, but the fact is, we need to encourage that kind of involvement….
RUBIO:…the only people that follow the law are law-abiding people. Criminals by definition ignore the law, so you can pass all the gun laws in the world, like the left wants. The criminals are going to ignore it because they are criminals.
…the real issue is not what are people using to commit violence, but why are they committing the violence? And here’s the truth: Because you cannot separate the social, moral well-being of your people from their economic and other well-being….
…I was proud to lead 31 states before the U.S. Supreme Court defending the Second Amendment, and we won that landmark victory. And indeed, just a couple of years ago, when Harry Reid and Barack Obama came after the right to keep and bear arms of millions of Americans, I was proud to lead the fight in the United States Senate to protect our right to keep and bear arms, and for that reason … I was honored to be endorsed by Gun Owners of America… as the strongest supporter of the Second Amendment on this stage today….