“The Second Amendment is unimpeachable,” Representative Brian Mast of Florida’s 18th Congressional District writes in an Op-Ed in tThe New York Times “It guarantees the right of citizens to defend themselves.” You know. You love it. Let’s all say it together: I support the Second Amendment BUT…
I accept, however, that it does not guarantee that every civilian can bear any and all arms. My rifle was very similar to the AR-15-style semi automatic weapon used to kill students, teachers and a coach I knew at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where I once lived.
Representative Mast is quick to point out that he doesn’t support confiscation of firearms from those who already own them. “But we should all be able to agree that the civilian version of the very deadly weapon that the Army issued to me should certainly qualify.” For a sales ban.
Mast also stated his support for the following gun control measures:
Ending of private sales and pushing universal background checks on every purchase.
Banning the sale of “accessories and add-ons that circumvent the ban on automatic firearms” (AKA bump stocks and binary triggers).
Increasing the minimum age for buying “various categories of firearms,” without mentioning exactly what that means.
Get this: Records from the Federal Elections Commission show that the NRA donated $4,950.00 to Brian Mast’s 2016 campaign. ($50 under the total legal limit). Here’s proof:
So much for a worthwhile investment.
And here’s a familiar name: Al Hoffman. You may remember Mr. Hoffman as the Republican donor who pledged to defund pro-gun rights pols. I wonder if Mr. Hoffman’s post-Parkland panic has anything to do with Representative Mast’s decision to betray his sacred oath to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution, taken as both as a soldier and as a representative of The People.