Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott on Sunday insisted that he’s focused on addressing mental illness to combat the rise in gun violence in the United States rather than push for an assault weapons ban like many of his Democratic counterparts.
“Why don’t we look at the people that have the problems and look at taking all their weapons away from them?” Scott asked on CNN’s State of the Union.
Scott was asked why “weapons of war” should still be available for purchase in the country. When he responded that mental illness was his primary focus instead of an assault weapons ban, CNN’s Dana Bash interjected, asking, “Why not do both?”
“I want to do the things I think work,” Scott answered. “I think the red flag laws work. I think in a school situation, we put in mental health counselors and law enforcement. After the Pulse [shooting], I added more counterterrorism experts, so what I’ve done is say what actually would solve that problem, and that’s how I think we should all do it in Congress.”
Scott, who was elected to the U.S. Senate last fall, served as governor of Florida from 2011 to 2019, including during the mass shootings at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
The interview came one day after a gunman killed at least seven people and injured 19 others in shootings in the cities of Odessa and Midland, Texas.
“We’ve got to figure out how we get guns away from mentally ill people who want to harm others or themselves,” Scott said on Meet the Press.
“An assault weapons ban is a nonstarter in this Congress?” Bash directly asked Scott at the end of the interview.
“No, I’m focused on the people that have problems,” Scott responded.
Author: Hunter Lovell
Source: Washington Examiner: Rick Scott: Assault weapons ban ‘a nonstarter in Congress’