Is it possible that we can actually do something about this finally?
Courtesy of The Hill:
Rep. Peter King (N.Y.) is the first House Republican to back a bill in the chamber seeking to ban assault weapons.
“They are weapons of mass slaughter,” King told the New York Daily News on Monday shortly after his support for the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 as a co-sponsor became public on Congress’ website.
“I don’t see any need for them in everyday society,” he added.
The bill, rolled out in February by Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), has 200 Democratic co-sponsors.
It would ban semi-automatic firearms and large-capacity magazines, proposals which have drawn more attention following the back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that left a combined 32 dead and dozens more injured earlier this month.
While King had previously backed background checks for gun purchases, the two tragedies moved him to support Cicilline’s bill.
“I think the assault weapons ban is timely now, especially in view of the shooting in El Paso and Dayton,” he told the Daily News.
I would like to believe that this marks the beginning of a real sea change on the GOP side.
But I will take a cautious wait and see attitude until a few more Republicans ready to jump on board.