The conversation about gun control in America has been ongoing since the most recent school shooting. Last week, President Trump submitted a memo to Attorney General Jeff Sessions to ban the “bump stock” modification. Others felt more needed to be done, including a Republican Congressman who asked President Trump to also issue a temporary ban on the AR-15.
U.S. Rep. Brian Mast recommended the temporary ban until Congress can find a long-term solution to mitigating gun violence in America. Mast, who is a Florida Republican representing Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties, made the recommendation on Sunday during an interview with “Face the Nation.”
“For me personally, it pains me to know that I went out there willing to defend my country – willing to give everything – with almost the exact same weapon that is used to go out there, and unfortunately, kill children in Parkland. And I think there’s a very real opportunity for response and for action,” he said.
Mast made a point to acknowledge that he is an avid supporter of the Second Amendment as he carries a pistol with him regularly. The Florida Representative expressed his thoughts and concerns when he wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Time.
In the article, Mast used his time in the Army, and more importantly Afghanistan, to outline how he used a weapon “similar to the AR-15-style semiautomatic weapon used to kill students, teachers and a coach I knew at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where I once lived.”
“I cannot support the primary weapon I used to defend our people being used to kill children I swore to defend,” he added. Breitbart points out some discrepancies in his argument. For one, Mast used an M-16 during his time in Afghanistan.
Obviously, an M-16 and AR-15 resemble one another, but there is one large difference between the two — one is fully automatic and one is semi-automatic.
It would seem that Mast is alone in his agenda against the weapon as no other Republicans have spoken or come forward in solidarity with him.