Rubio Defends Christmas Eve Gun Purchase: It Might Help Fight ISIS

Anthony Behar/Sipa USA

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said in an interview aired Sunday that he purchased a gun on Christmas Eve to defend his family if ISIS — or any other attackers — were to visit his home.

Rubio told CBS “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson that he purchased the firearm on Christmas Eve because he’s not in town often, but was home that day. He added that he was already a firearm holder.

“I’m a strong supporter of the second amendment. I have a right to protect my
family if someone were to come after us,” Rubio said. “In fact, if ISIS were to visit us, or our communities, at any moment, the last line of defense between
ISIS and my family is the ability that I have to protect my family from
them, or from a criminal, or anyone else who seeks to do us harm.
Millions of Americans feel that way.”

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