Jeb Bush on Gun Laws: Federal Government Should Stay Out

Annie Stonebreaker - September 1, 2015


Former Florida Governor echoes many americans with his opinion

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Via Fred Lucas at The Blaze

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Tuesday that the federal government should stay out of gun regulations, calling for a greater focus on mental illness following last week’s on-air shooting of two journalists in Virginia.

“Here’s what I know to be true: Gun violence in the country has dropped significantly, but these sad cases of very public cases, like last week in Roanoke, Virginia, where a reporter and cameraperson was shot down by a person who was deranged, and I think that’s where we need to focus our issues, is the mental illness,” the Republican presidential candidate said at a town hall event at La Progressiva Presbyterian School in Miami.

“He bought a gun, apparently, legally. He had no criminal background record,” Bush said, referring to the Virginia killer. “I don’t know how you would solve that problem unless we began to identify people that had mental health issues, which this person clearly did.”
Jeb Bush is going about the issue in the complete opposite direction many have chosen to take on the Roanoke shooting. Many immediately jump on guns, saying if there were stricter laws in place, shootings like that wouldn’t have happened.
iron cladThe Roanoke shooter, as Jeb pointed out, followed all laws and obtained a gun legally. What laws have proven to do is restrict on the legal citizens right to bear arms, and does nothing to prohibit the criminals who never have followed laws in the first place. Jeb Bush is addressing what everyone should address in the first place: the shooter and a possible mental illness rather than the gun and more gun laws.
He also answered a future voter’s question about stricter gun laws and whether or not teachers should carry during school. Jeb also shares the opinion with several other pro-gun politicians by saying guns in large cities and guns in rural areas (where it is also a part of the culture) are two different things. He thinks the country is very different and should operate by state laws, and that the federal government does not need to be involved.
I couldn’t agree more, we need to address the people behind the guns, it’s laughable to even say that there have been instances where a gun shot a person by itself. People kill people with tools, and we need to actually look at the issue of the person who is killing rather than the tool. Guns have been used by good people for good and bad people for bad, but never should we allow our Second Amendment to be infringed on, in any way.
On gun control, Bush makes a very valid point.
“Historically when this happens, the 99.9 percent of the cases of people using guns safely for their private pursuits, using them legally, their rights get restricted, and it doesn’t solve the problems of these isolated sad tragic cases,” Bush later added.
The federal government has no place in setting laws that restrict against our Second Amendment, the states were made for reasons like this, as Bush said, it is different depending on the area. When the federal government steps in we should get a huge red flag, especially when our constitutional rights are at stake.

  • Munkymyk

    So, he says “guns in large cities and guns in rural areas are two different things?” By his thinking, old Jethro in Podunk County, Alabama should have more of a right to protect himself than me, living in Los Angeles County? Gotta throw the BS flag on THAT one.

  • Imjingo

    “The federal government has no place in setting laws that restrict
    against our Second Amendment, the states were made for reasons like
    this… Bush said…”
    Huge fail Jeb, the states (really) have no place setting laws that restrict
    against our Second Amendment either. Or any other Amendment for that matter.