Rick Scott: 'This isn't about the Second Amendment'

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  • Florida Gov. Rick Scott addresses the Orlando massacre
  • The Republican said focus should be on the US response to ISIS overseas

(CNN)Florida Gov. Rick Scott called Friday for more of a focus on destroying ISIS and less on gun control in response to the deadly shooting that killed 49 people at an Orlando gay club.

"This isn't about the Second Amendment," Scott told CNN's Pamela Brown. "The Second Amendment has been around for more than 200 years. People kill innocent people. Let's have a conversation about how we destroy ISIS."
Scott also said that no one on a terror watch list should be able to buy a gun. The shooter, Omar Mateen, has been on a watch list but was taken off.
    The Florida Republican said policy conversations in the aftermath of the tragedy should instead be about the United States' response to ISIS overseas.
    "I think whenever something like this happens you always have a conversation about what you are going to do afterwards," he said, adding, "This was caused by ISIS being there."
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    During his assault Sunday, Mateen pledged allegiance to ISIS, though investigators have so far found no evidence he was directed by the terror group. Officials said jihadist propaganda, including videos of ISIS beheadings, were found on Mateen's electronics.
    Scott also avoided describing the worst mass shooting on American soil as a "hate crime" in the interview, despite the FBI's frequent use of the term as part of its investigation.
    "It's clearly evil. They targeted the gay community, they targeted the Hispanic community," he said.