- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 3, 2015

Businesswoman and 2016 GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said Thursday that ideology triggers a “knee-jerk” reaction in people on the left to push for more gun controls in the wake of mass shootings like the one in California on Wednesday.

“I actually think it’s ideology, not common sense, that causes the left wing, every time, in a knee-jerk reaction, to say the answer here is more laws when we’re not enforcing the laws we have,” Mrs. Fiorina said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “Let’s start by enforcing the laws we have.”

In the wake of a shooting rampage in San Bernardino Wednesday that left 14 people dead, Mrs. Fiorina was asked about preventing people on terror watch lists from easily obtaining guns, which Democrats have pushed for recently.

She said that’s “kind of a red herring” and that people on watch lists, if indicted, wouldn’t be able to own guns anyway.

“My best friend’s husband was on a watch list for years. It was a complete mistake,” she said. “He also happened to be a gun owner. If I had utter faith in the competence of government, I might agree with that, but do you? I don’t. The government screws up all the time. They screw up who they put on watch lists, they screw up — my goodness … there are litanies of things that the government makes mistakes on.”

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