Rand Paul hits the nail on the head:
"I think gun control is a legitimate issue for our country to debate," he said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast Wednesday morning. But the Kentucky senator said that looking at the parents of Newtown victims who have spoken in favor of gun control legislation, "I think in some cases the president has used them as props."
"When I see the father and the mothers and them testifying — and I know they're coming voluntarily, and they want to come and be part of this debate — but it still saddens me just to see them, and I think that in some cases the president has used them as props. And that disappoints me," he said.
The gun legislation up for a vote today, he suggested, was mostly for show.
"A lot of things in Washington are window dressing, it's a dog and pony show, it's a parade, it's theatrics it's histrionics, all to show people that something bad happened — which it did something terribly tragic happened," he said. But the response, he argued, wouldn't do anything to prevent Sandy Hook from happening again: "None of the proposals really would have addressed the tragedy."