"At the GOP debate, rather than having a a substantive policy debate, the candidates rehashed long-debunked conspiracy theories about confiscating people’s guns rather than debating commonsense policies to address gun violence in America. They accused Obama and Clinton of –as Marco Rubio put it – plotting to “confiscate every gun in America.” . There is an epidemic of gun deaths. Every 15 minutes someone in America dies from a gun and nearly 33,000 lives are taken by guns each year. Background checks have effectively prevented more than 2 million gun sales to prohibited purchasers. Yet, states with weaker gun laws see higher rates of gun violence.The only way to begin to address the epidemic is with. We cannot afford to have presidential candidates that do not take the issue seriously"