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President Biden said that Americans should not vote for any midterm candidate who does not support the assault weapons ban, after several Democrat representatives seeking re-election voted against the ban in July.
During a rally for Maryland gubernatorial candidate Wes Moore on Thursday, Biden told the crowd of supporters that he is going to ban assault weapons, and then proceeded to tell the crowd not to vote for individuals who would not support the ban.
“This November, you have to ask every candidate, are you for banning assault weapons or not? And if you’re not, we’re not going to vote for you. Period,” Biden said during his speech.
ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN PASSED IN HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
The assault weapons ban passed in the House of Representatives in July on a 217-213 vote, following the Democrats’ push for a ban on semi-automatic weapons after recent mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York. The bill was sent to the Senate, where it has not received a vote.
BIDEN SAYS SECOND AMENDMENT IS ‘NOT ABSOLUTE’ IN CALL TO REINSTATE ASSAULT WEAPONS BANS
Five sitting House Democrats opposed the assault weapon ban, including three vulnerable Democrats who are facing tough re-election races this fall.
Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas; Rep. Vincente Gonzalez, D-Texas; and Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, are the three Democrats seeking re-election who voted against the assault weapons ban.
Fox News Digital reached out to the vulnerable Democrats, asking them their thoughts on Biden telling Americans not to vote for them in November. None of them responded.
During Biden’s speech, he also fired shots at the Republican Party, calling them “semi-fascist” and claiming that “the MAGA Republicans don’t just threaten our personal rights and economic security. They’re a threat to our very democracy. They refuse to accept the will of the people. They embrace — embrace — political violence. They don’t believe in democracy.”
Republicans have taken a different stance on guns, calling for attention to be directed towards America’s mental health crisis rather than supporting the assault weapons ban.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott talked about the ban following the Uvalde school shooting in his state, highlighting how he feels there is a mental health crisis, rather than an assault weapon issue.
“Ever since Texas has been a state, an 18-year-old has been able to buy a long gun. It’s only in the last decade or two when we had school shootings… So for a century and a half, 18-year-olds could buy rifles, and we didn’t have school shootings, but we do now. Maybe we’re focusing our attention on the wrong thing,” Abbott said.
Source: Fox News