Rubio gives full-throated gun defense in NRA speech
The dream, Rubio said, is not just a measure of financial prosperity but the ability to raise a family in a home that is stable, safe and secure. That, in turn, rests on the ability to possess a firearm for self-protection, the lawmaker said.
Rubio was one of several prospective 2016 presidential hopefuls to address the gathering, a ritual courtship for GOP contenders. Others on the bill included former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, the runner-up for the 2012 Republican nomination; and Govs. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Mike Pence of Indiana.
He was equally critical of the news media and entertainment industries, saying they routinely “stigmatize guns and gun ownership.”Rubio said “there will be no shortage of misrepresentations” of the NRA gathering and the sentiments of its speakers, but said the organizations and its backers should remain undeterred.“Making it harder ... to own a gun” is not just a waste of time, he said, but unconstitutional.
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