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PolitiFact Florida on Rubio and an Eckerd Professor

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It's looking more and more like Florida's Junior U.S. Senator is planning to run for president next year. Recently he traveled to West Des Moines, Iowa and spoke on radio station WHO.  As part of that discussion, Sen. Marco Rubio said that ISIS is now the "predominant Islamist group in Benghazi." 

The PolitiFact Florida team investigated this statement and determined that what he said was "mostly false" on the Truth-o-Meter.  According to Josh Gillin of Politifact Florida, "no one is in charge of Libya's second-largest city."

Guns on campus has been an issue that has been hotly debated of late, especially with the recent shootings at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach and the shootings at Florida State University. Lawmakers are expected to consider whether to allow guns on campus under certain circumstances this legislative session.  An Eckerd College psychology professor, Marjorie Sanfilippo, who has studied access to guns by young people, recently told lawmakers she was against the idea.

She said,  "What proponents of this bill won't tell you is that 200,000 students attempt suicide every year on college campuses--an all too common event. Is it a stretch to speculate that more of these suicide attempts would be lethal if students had firearms?"  

After looking in to that number quoted by Sanfilippo, and digging into the statistics used to reach that figure, PolitiFact Florida rated Sanfilippo's statement "mostly true."

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