Rep. Jared Golden (D-Maine) said he would pursue a ban on assault weapons after a mass shooting killed at least 18 people in his hometown of Lewiston, Maine, on Wednesday.
The shooter, believed to be reservist Robert Card, is still on the run.
Golden said Wednesday’s shooting forced him to change his mind about enforcing a ban, which he had not previously supported.
“Out of fear of the dangerous world we live in, out of my determination to protect my own daughter and wife in our own community, out of a false confidence that our community was above it all and that we could have total control, among many others. “Due to other errors in judgment, I have opposed efforts to ban deadly weapons of war, like the assault rifle used to commit this crime,” Golden said at a news conference. press conference Thursday.
“The time has come for me to take responsibility for this failure, which is why I am now calling on the United States Congress to ban assault rifles, like the one used by the sick perpetrator of this massacre in my hometown of Lewiston, Maine.,” he continued. “For the sake of my community, I will work with any colleague to achieve this in my remaining time in Congress.”
“To the people of Lewiston, to my constituents throughout the 2nd District, to those who have lost loved ones and to those who have suffered harm, I ask for forgiveness and support as I seek to end these terrible shootings,” did he declare.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), also at the news conference, declined to say whether she would support such a ban. She noted that she supported the original 1995 federal assault weapons ban and efforts to renew it, but later opposed broader efforts.
“I think it’s more important to ban very high capacity magazines. I think it would have more input and more effectiveness,” Collins said. “Of course, there is always more to do.”
Authorities are looking for Card. Collins said the FBI alone sent 80 agents to the area as part of the search efforts.
The shooting killed at least 18 people and injured 13 others at a bowling alley and restaurant in Lewiston Wednesday evening.