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President Biden says Americans shouldn’t vote for a midterm candidate who doesn’t support the ban on assault weaponsafter several Democratic Representatives seeking re-election voted against the ban in July.
At a rally for Maryland gubernatorial candidate Wes Moore on Thursday, Biden said the crowd of supporters that he was going to ban assault weapons, then told the crowd not to vote for people who would not support the ban.
“This November you have to ask every candidate, are you for an assault weapons ban or not? And if you’re not, we’re not going to vote for you. Period,” said Biden during his speech.
The ban on assault weapons passed in representatives room in July in a vote of 217 to 213, following pressure from Democrats 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 did not receive a vote.
Five sitting House Democrats have opposed the assault weapons ban, including three vulnerable Democrats who face 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 vulnerable Democrats, asking what they thought of Biden telling Americans not to vote for them in November. None of them answered.
During Biden’s speech, he also fired shots at the republican partycalling them “semi-fascists” and claiming that “MAGA Republicans are not just threatening our personal rights and economic security. They are 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 took a different stance on guns, calling for attention to be directed to the mental health crisis in the United States rather than supporting an assault weapons ban.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott spoke about the ban following the Uvalde school shooting in his state, stressing that he believes there is a mental health crisis rather than an assault weapon issue.
“Since Texas has been a state, an 18-year-old can buy a long gun. It’s only been a decade or two since we’ve had school shootings… So for a century and half, 18- kids could buy guns, and we didn’t have school shootings, but we do now. Maybe we’re focusing our attention on the wrong thing,” Abbott said.