Long Island Representative Peter King became the first Republican recently to sign on in support of an assault weapons ban. The Long Island Congressman joined 11 other representatives — all Democrats — in signing The Assault Weapons Ban of 2019. The bill was first introduced in February by Rhode Island Democratic Rep. David Cicilline.
“They are weapons of mass slaughter,” King said, according to nydailynews.com. “I don’t see any need for them in everyday society.”
Several sources commented recently on the timing of the bill, which Democrats held back until recent high-profile mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. In fact, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu recently vetoed a similar play in his state. But nationally, Democrats continue to beat the drum.
Republican Representative Peter King Supports Assault Weapons Ban
“I think the assault weapons ban is timely now, especially in view of the shooting in El Paso and Dayton,” King said, according to nydailynews.com. “It might give cover to some other Republicans, it might give incentive to Democrats.”
Democrats quickly applauded King’s crossing of the isle. It’s clear they plan to apply more pressure to Republicans to join their attempt pass a new assault weapons ban.
“These weapons belong on the battlefield, not in our homes, schools, houses of worship or workplaces,” Cicilline said, according to nydailnews.com. “I’m pleased that Congressman King has joined this effort. I sincerely hope that more of my Republican colleagues will put their service to our country and the safety of their constituents ahead of their need to raise campaign money from the gun lobby.”
Immediately following the shootings, even President Trump expressed desire to look at gun control measures. Meanwhile, Republicans Brian Mast (Florida) and Mike Turner (Ohio), pledged verbal support for the ban. However, neither has signed as of yet. However, Trump recently began backing off earlier statements regarding background checks, prompting criticism from the left.
“We’ve seen this movie before: President Trump, feeling public pressure in the immediate aftermath of a horrible shooting, talks about doing something meaningful to address gun violence, but inevitably, he backtracks in response to pressure from the NRA and the hard-right,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, as reported by nydailynews.com. “These retreats from President Trump are not only disappointing but also heartbreaking, particularly for the families of the victims of gun violence.”
Above all, hopefully the president remains firm and steadfast in protecting the 2nd Amendment.