Florida Sen. Rick Scott says Democrats are ‘constantly going to take away someone’s Second Amendment rights’ after Uvalde shooting | Florida News | Orlando

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Former Florida Governor and current Florida Senator Rick Scott says Democrats’ reaction to regular mass shootings is still a step too far when asked what Congress should do after school shooting in Uvalde.

“[Democrats] constantly going to take someone’s second amendment rights
away,” Scott said Orlando Weekly journalist Matt Laslo. “The number one thing…the Democrats want to do is take gun rights away from people and I’m not going to support that.”

Scott notably broke a bit with right-wing orthodoxy following the mass shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018 (although some have questioned his response to the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando). After Parkland, Scott signed a law prohibiting anyone under 21 from buying guns, going against the NRA. Prior to this, Scott had an A+ rating with the band.

Senator Marco Rubio, senior senator from Florida, is No. 5 among the 10 politicians who have taken the most money from the NRA, with a career total of $3.3 million.

“They tried to get good legislation passed,” Scott said of the Parkland families who lobbied for more gun control. “It’s tough. I mean, it comes back. [Uvalde] just
reminds you how difficult this time was for them and still is for them, as they will never see their children again.”

Scott supports a law that expand the capacity of the secret services to track people they think might become school shooters. However, he thinks the issue of gun control should be left to the states.

“I think most things you should do in the state [level]. But clearly the federal government could play an important role in assessing the threat, sharing information,” he said.


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