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Rand Paul: gun bill is a ‘dog and pony show’

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Alexis Levinson
Political Reporter

WASHINGTON — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said that most of the gun control legislation that was being pushed in the wake of the Newtown shooting was just for show.

Speaking at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast Wednesday morning about the gun control legislation that the Senate will vote on later on Wednesday, Paul said: “I think a lot of things in Washington are done as window dressing.”

“It’s a dog and pony show, it’s a parade, it’s theatrics, and histrionics, all to show people that something bad happened, which it did, something terrible and tragic happened and I don’t want to demean or in any way lessen that, but the response to it is, ‘Hey, look at me. I did something,’” Paul said. But, he said, none of the things that were being proposed would have prevented the shooting.

“Not one of the proposals really would have addressed the tragedy,” he said earlier in the breakfast.

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