By Daily Caller. Republican Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger said during Sunday’s “State of the Union” that he is “open” to supporting a federal ban on assault weapons in the aftermath of the Uvalde massacre.
CNN’s Dana Bash began by asking Kinzinger to explain why Americans “need” to own AR-15 style rifles since he had openly opposed an assault weapons ban in the past.
Kinzinger responded, “I have opposed a ban fairly recently. I think I’m open to a ban now. It’s gonna depend on what it looks like because there’s a lot of nuances on what constitutes certain things, but I’m getting to the point where I have to wonder, maybe somebody to own one, maybe you need an extra license, maybe you need extra training. And so the question is, is it a ban versus is it an additional certification?”
You have to be 21 to buy a pistol in this country. Can we all at least agree we should raise the age to 21 for ARs as well? Shouldn’t everyone have a background check? I think so. These are 90 percent issues, do it now and keep debating the rest.
— Adam Kinzinger🇺🇦🇺🇸✌️ (@AdamKinzinger) May 14, 2022
The Illinois representative took shots at his own party for not finding a way to “mitigate” young people purchasing these guns.
“The problem is for people who support the Second Amendment, like me, we have to be coming to the table with ways to mitigate 18-year-olds buying these guns and walking into schools,” he said. “My side’s not doing that. My side’s not coming forward with reasonable ways to defend an amendment that we think is very important,” he said. “So I’m looking at this going fine, if people are going to put forward solutions about certifying maybe who can buy an assault weapon, I’m certainly open to that.” (Read more from “GOP Rep. Says He’s ‘Open’ to Assault Weapons Ban” HERE)
Fox News Anchor Pleads for Gun Control
By Yahoo News. A Fox News anchor broke rank with many of her colleagues Sunday by openly calling for gun law reform in the wake of the Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde mass shootings.
“As we’ve said before, prayers are not enough. We have to do something. We’ve got to get the lawmakers to do something,” Arthel Neville said as she covered President Joe Biden’s visit to a memorial in Uvalde for the 19 children and two teachers killed at an elementary school last week.
’Now, the president is, you know, the commander in chief. This is happening on his watch, but he needs the help of Congress to get something done.”
Neville’s guest, Fox News contributor Griff Jenkins, argued that Biden was not uniting Democrats and Republicans on the issue and noted that Biden also failed to do so as vice president after the 2012 Sandy Hook, Connecticut, school shooting. . .
“It’s more than that. It’s lawmakers who are stopping the unification. So let’s be clear about that. Yes, this is happening on his watch. Yes, he is responsible. Yes, he campaigned on a united America. And, yes, he needs to do something about it, but he can’t do it alone.” (Read more from “Fox News Anchor Pleads for Gun Control” HERE)
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