Mass Shooting Delusions
By Jacob Sullum
December 16, 2015
Two days after the massacre in San Bernardino, Marco Rubio said something that most gun control supporters probably thought was outrageous. The Florida senator, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, told CBS News “none of the major shootings that have occurred in this country over the last few months or years” would have been prevented by the gun laws proposed in response to them.
Last week, Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler asked to investigate Rubio’s statement by a colleague who thought “it was almost certainly incorrect,” discovered that Rubio was right. The implication, which Kessler was too polite to spell out, is that activists and politicians who push legislative responses to mass shootings are either fooling themselves or trying to fool us. The latter seems more likely.