Two Republicans joined the Democrat-led effort to take your guns away, while five Democrats crossed party lines to oppose it. The two Republicans who want to assist Democrats in disarming America are:
- Brian Fitzpatrick, PA
- Chris Jacobs, NY
The five Democrats who opposed the gun ban were:
- Henry Cuellar, TX
- Jared Golden, ME
- Vicente Gonzalez, TX
- Ron Kind, WI
- Kurt Schrader, OR
USA Today spoke to some of the Democrats who voted against the bill, reporting:
James Rivera, a spokesperson for Gonzalez, told USA TODAY that while Gonzalez supports other gun control measures, a ban on assault rifles doesn’t solve the problem.
“There are tens of millions of assault rifles already in circulation across America, many of them are used by responsible gun owners for hunting in South Texas,” Rivera said. “And a ban on some of those models will do nothing to reduce overall risks. Our focus should be on keeping guns out of the hands of people who are a danger to themselves or others.”
Kind said in a prepared statement that while he also supports some gun control measures, the bill was “hastily brought” to the House floor, leaving him no opportunity to study it or consult with Wisconsin law enforcement groups and his constituents. He also raised concern over the current legislation’s definition of assault weapons, fearing too broad a definition might lead to a “crack down” on other guns.
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