Same-sex marriage wasn’t the only item on the agenda. Coburn fielded questions from the audience on a variety of issues, including gun control, Medicare reform and immigration.
• On gun control: Coburn said he thought Congress could figure out a way to block gun sales to criminals without infringing on Americans’ Second Amendment right to carry weapons.
“I don’t think it’s wrong for me not to want to sell my gun to a felon — right? Everybody agree with that? — and I don’t think I want to sell my gun to somebody that’s mentally impaired,” he said. “So if we can fix that, where it’s easy for me as a gun owner to know I’m not selling my gun to a felon or somebody that’s mentally impaired with no records kept, I have no problem with trying to do that. And that’s what I’ve been trying to do for the last three months.”
But he said he would vote against any measure allowing the federal government to keep track of who owns guns.
• On Medicare reform: Coburn said Americans will spend about $2.5 trillion on medical care this year, but about $850 billion of that amount doesn’t help anybody.
“So one out of three dollars that we’re spending on health care isn’t keeping you from getting sick or making you better — getting well,” he said. “That’s the real problem.” Coburn said the American health care system would be more efficient if it relied on transparent results and costs, and if it allowed market forces to work.
• Immigration: Coburn said if America does not have enough candidates for certain jobs, it should allow high-skilled immigrants to fill those positions.
“i think common sense says that you give visas to people who want to work here, want to be part of us, when there’s nobody else that can fill that job,” he said. “I don’t see anything wrong with that.”