By Jonathan Easley - 01/17/13 12:50 PM EST
Obama called Wednesday for Congress to approve new bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition, and unveiled a plan that includes legislation and 23 “executive actions” the White House said could be put into place immediately.
The executive actions touch on a broad range of gun issues, including efforts to improve existing background checks and gun safety, and even encourage doctors to ask their patients about guns in their homes.
Rubio said he agrees with some parts of the president’s proposals, such as background checks, fingerprinting and gun-safety courses, but that these should be up to the states to legislate and implement.
Rubio also argued the legislation Obama is trying to get from Congress has been proven ineffective in the past.
“What the president is proposing is problematic for a couple of reasons but primarily because it doesn’t work … these ideas don’t work,” he said. “It’s not just Chicago. Washington, D.C., had a very similar gun ban and it didn’t work; in fact, violent crime and murder and all these things skyrocketed in Washington during the time of these bans.
"Criminals don't care what the law is. They ignore the law. That's why they are criminals,” he added.