Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) does not support the recent talks of doing more criminal background checks for the purchase of firearms. He argues that laws like that will not catch people who violate the law. However, he acknowledged an irregularity in the stance used by the National Rifle Association.
“Criminals don’t care about the laws that we pass with regards to guns,” Rubio said on ABC’s “This Week.” “They never follow the law — that’s why they are criminals.”
Not many supporters of the NRA’s position willingly acknowledge the illogicality of the claim. If laws make certain actions illegal, people that refuse to follow a law then, by definition, become criminals. Then it can be said that passing laws cannot solve problems because the laws will be violated, which then implies that Congress is helpless to solve problems.
Rubio later repeated the argument on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
“My skepticism about gun laws is criminals don’t follow the law. They don’t care what the law is, you can pass any law you want and criminals won’t follow it, by definition.”
“Criminals don’t follow the laws on burglary and on murder and on auto theft,” host Bob Schieffer countered. “And I think most people would say those laws are fairly effective.”
Rubio also told “This Week” that people who fail background checks under current law should be prosecuted for attempting to buy guns illegally.