McCain says he will “stand up” for the Second Amendment and support a gun control law after the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school.
In an interview with the Miami Herald, McCain said he believes that gun control is necessary because of the increasing number of mass shootings in the United States.
“We’re seeing more and more of them,” he said.
“I’ve said for a long time, ‘Let’s take a look at what the statistics say, what’s going on.’
But we have to look at it in context.
We have to say, ‘OK, the statistics are there.
This is what’s happening.'”
When asked if he believes it’s time for a federal law, McCain replied, “I think we should look at the statistics.”
McCain, who is expected to announce his candidacy for president on March 1, said that he will oppose any attempt by the United Nations to regulate firearms, but said he does not think it will be necessary.
“I think that we have a right to bear arms,” he told the Herald.
“And I think that that’s the way that we should be able to do it.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.