After a number of Democratic legislators up for re-election voted against the assault weapon ban in July, President Biden declared that Americans should not support any midterm candidates who do not support the ban.
At a rally on Thursday for Wes Moore, a candidate for governor of Maryland, Biden declared that he would outlaw assault weapons before urging the crowd to boycott any candidates who opposed the prohibition.
“You must question each candidate whether they support banning assault weapons this November. We won’t cast our votes for you if you’re not. Period, “According to Biden’s remarks.
Following recent mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, Democrats pushed for a ban on semi-automatic weapons, and the House of Representatives passed the assault weapon ban on a 217-213 vote in July. The Senate did not vote on the bill after it was delivered there.
Five Democratic members of the House who are currently in office rejected the assault weapon prohibition, including three Democrats who are in jeopardy of losing their seats this November.
The three Democrats running for re-election who opposed the assault weapon ban are Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas, Rep. Vincente Gonzalez of Texas, and Rep. Jared Golden of Maine.
The vulnerable Democrats were contacted by Fox News Digital to get their opinions on Biden advising Americans not to support them in the upcoming election. None of them gave an answer.
Biden also attacked the Republican Party in his speech, labelling them “Claiming that “The MAGA Republicans don’t simply endanger our individual liberties and financial security,” but are also “semi-fascist.” They pose a threat to our democracy itself. The people’s will is not something they will abide by. They support and endorse political violence. They do not support democracy.”
Republicans have adopted a different approach on guns, urging that rather than supporting the assault weapons ban, focus be placed on America’s mental health crisis.
Following the Uvalde school shooting in his state, Texas Governor Greg Abbott discussed the prohibition and emphasised that, in his opinion, there is a mental health crisis rather than a problem with assault weapons.
“An 18-year-old has had access to the purchase of long guns ever since Texas became a state. Only in the past ten or so years have there been school shootings. Because of this, school shootings did not occur for a century and a half when 18-year-olds could purchase firearms, but they do now. Perhaps we’re concentrating on the wrong thing “Abbott declared.