Florida Congressman Brian Mast, once a strong supporter of gun rights has abandoned his position.
U.S. Rep. Brian Mast announced support Friday for a series of gun control measures, breaking with the National Rifle Association and underscoring the political impact of the Parkland school killings last week.
Mast, R-Palm City, whose race for re-election this fall is expected to be one of the most closely watched in the nation, had been considered a staunch opponent of gun control. A 2016 campaign video quoted him expressing support for the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which grants Americans the right to bear arms, and saying recent mass shootings “all could have been prevented were there people present who were prepared to defend themselves.”
He added: “I don’t want to live in a country where criminals are the only ones that have access to guns.”
Now he wants to live in a country where criminals have firearms which are superior to law abiding citizens. For those who may question why a semi-automatic rifle is needed for home defense, check out this Detroit mother who used one after three thugs kicked in her back door trying to get to her.
In an opinion piece published in The New York Times on Friday, however, Mast said he supports a ban on assault weapons, expanding background checks for gun sales and raising the minimum age of gun purchasers. He also said he opposes modifications, called “bump stocks,” that turn semi-automatic rifles into fully automatic ones.
Mast said he opposes allowing those barred from flying because of terrorism concerns from purchasing guns, and he backs lifting the ban on federal research into gun violence as a public health threat.
The congressman, a U.S. Army veteran who lost both legs and a finger during an explosion in Afghanistan, pointed to the extensive military training he received with a weapon similar to the one used in the Parkland killings in arguing against giving civilians access “to the best killing tool the Army could put in my hands.”
If the M4 is the best killing tool the Army could put in his hands, then why are they wanting to replace it? In talking with Marines who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq, they said the 5.56 x45 (223) was an inferior round compared to the 7.62×39 which the AK-47 shot.
He wrote: “I cannot support the primary weapon I used to defend our people being used to kill children I swore to defend.”
Mast said he continues to believe the Second Amendment is “unimpeachable.”
“I accept, however, that it does not guarantee that every civilian can bear any and all arms,” he said.
I wonder what oath he swore? There’s noting in the Oath of Enlistment or Oath of Office where you swear to defend anyone. You swear to defend the Constitution of the United States. Apparently he’s forgotten that.
“The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”