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Joe Scarborough: GOP’s planned gun filibuster puts ‘rapists’ rights over parents’ rights’

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough stood firm against GOP members' vow to filibuster gun control legislation, saying they are putting "rapists' rights over parents' rights" to protect their children.

"I can't believe that Republicans, first of all, aren't going to support it but, secondly, won't [allow] background checks against rapists, people who have committed manslaughter in the past, people with mental illness, dangerous mental illness," Mr. Scarborough said Monday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "I can't believe those Republicans are going to allow the entire Republican party to be the party that basically put rapists' rights over parents' rights to keep their kids safe when they go to school."

Mr. Scarborough, a Republican and former Florida congressman, said that "those three or four grandstanding" may gain some positive attention for themselves but are harming the Republican party as a whole.

"Newtown is not the end of history," he said. "Republicans, maybe they believe this is the end of history, but it's going to happen again and when it happens again, and 92 percent of Americans have asked them to do something and they don't do it, it's going to have devastating political impact on everybody."

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