Kurtis Lee for the LA Times reports:

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush pushed back Saturday against calls from President Obama and other Democrats for stricter gun control laws in the wake of the mass shooting at a Charleston, S.C., church that left nine people dead.

Bush, who traveled to this Las Vegas suburb for a town hall event, said he does not believe tougher gun laws would prevent mass shootings. "All of these tragic instances that have taken place in the last couple of years are heartbreaking. They really are," said Bush in response a question from an attendee about his views on the 2nd Amendment. "Not a single one of them would have been stopped with any of the ideas proposed by Barack Obama. Not a single one of them."

Bush, among the front-runners in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, said more emphasis should be placed on improving access to mental health services.

Read the full story at the LA Times.