During a Thursday interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) said he was ready to do anything to make sure mass shootings never happen again in his state. But, when asked if he was referring to gun control he caved.
“Let me phrase it another way because this is really shocking to so many of us, governor,” Blitzer said. “He wasn’t old enough to buy a beer legally in your state, you’ve got to be 21 years old. So, why is it in Florida he could buy an assault weapon at the age of 18?”
Scott then defended the Second Amendment by saying he didn’t want to “trample on anybody’s constitutional rights.”
“We have to go back and look at these things and say to ourselves, ‘our primary goal is school safety,’” Scott said “And so, you know, that’s — you know, I want to make sure we don’t ever trample on anybody’s constitutional rights, but we’ve got to focus on keeping these kids safe.”
Blitzer then pointed out that the shooter would not have been able to kill as many people as he did if he used another gun.
Scott dodged the question again.
“We are going to figure out how this — moving forward, this never happens again,” Scott pledged. “I’m going to do everything I can to make sure this never happens again.”
Blitzer then pressed Scott by reminding him of the shooting in Orlando at the Pulse nightclub and the Ft. Lauderdale airport.
“It’s not that complicated, right?” Blitzer asked. “You’ve just got to pass some new laws to make it more difficult for 18-year-olds to buy assault weapons, right?”
Then Scott began to backtrack.
“Wolf, we are not going — we’re going to figure out exactly what we can do, and I’m going to work through, you know, all the leaders in this state, local and state, and we’re going to figure this out,” Scott said. “I do not want this to happen again.”
Blitzer pressed again asking what he actually intends to do.
“I just want to pin you down on this governor, because I’ve known you for a long time,” Blitzer said. “The president of the United States spoke for about seven minutes. He didn’t mention the word ‘gun’ even once. Are you ready to commit your political team to work to tighten gun control, gun restrictions, in the state of Florida?”
“I’ll be stronger than that, Wolf,” Scott pledged. “Everything’s on the table. I’m going to look at every way that we can make sure our kids are safe.”
Blitzer continued to press him on gun laws.
“Even if the National Rifle Association goes after you?” he asked.
But Scott continued to dismiss the question.
“Wolf, I’m going to do — look, I love my kids, my grandkids,” Scott said. “I know every family in the state is in the same position. We love our children. I’m going to do whatever I can do to keep these kids safe. I’m going to talk about every issue to keep these kids safe.”
“Including gun control?” Blitzer followed up.
“Wolf, I’m going to do — it’s a lot of things,” Scott said, beginning to find other things to blame for the shooting. “It’s looking at, you know, who should have guns. Should individuals with mental illness have guns? Should — what can we do to create more safety in our schools? What can we do to make it easier for our children and make them feel comfortable to report things? It’s not one thing. It’s all these things put together.”
Not once did Scott mention gun control or talked about passing gun laws.