The head of a gun rights group has called two Republican House members “traitors” for backing a ban on assault weapons.
The House passed the ban by a narrow 217-213 margin on Friday, with support from Republican Congressmen Chris Jacobs of New York and Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania. Five House Democrats voted against the bill. Shortly after the legislation was passed, American Firearms Association President Christopher Dorr sent his supporters an email blasting Jacobs and Fitzpatrick for putting “a knife in the back of the people who abused them.” elected”.
“Moments ago, Nancy Pelosi pushed her so-called ‘Assault Weapons Ban’ through the House, aided by TWO TRAITOR Republicans, Brian Fitzpatrick (PA) and Chris Jacobs (NY),” wrote Dorr in the email obtained by Newsweek. “If the two TRAITOR Republicans above had voted against Pelosi, the bill would have failed. They stuck a knife in the back of the people who elected them.”
Dorr went on to say that the “gun rights community” should be concerned because the bill would then be “placed firmly in the hands of radical anti-gunner Chuck Schumer,” the Democratic majority leader. in the New York Senate.
The bill is not expected to pass the Senate due to the high hurdle of requiring 10 Republican votes to avoid a filibuster, while the chamber is evenly split 50-50 between Republicans and Democrats.
“You may remember that last month over a dozen Senate Republicans voted for gun control,” Dorr wrote in his email, which included a link to join the group of firearms and donate. “With Democrats and Joe Biden on the ropes in November, we can’t take anything for granted.”
“The fake media and Democrats are waiting for the next high-profile shooting to guilt as many Republicans as possible into supporting their most aggressive assault on our Second Amendment rights in decades,” he added.
Jacobs, who represents a district that includes Buffalo, New York – where 10 black people were fatally shot by a white shooter in a supermarket in May – explained his vote in a statement obtained by Newsweek on Friday, while pointing out that he had announced his support for the ban following the mass shooting.
“I strongly support the Second Amendment and the right to self-defense and I usually do,” Jacobs said. “What I don’t support is easy access to high-powered semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines that have time and time again resulted in mass shootings.”
“These weapons have been proven to cause an immense amount of damage quickly – in Buffalo 13 people were shot – 10 fatally – in less than 3 minutes,” he added. “We have a duty to keep all Americans safe. These weapons do not belong in our communities.”
Newsweek contacted Fitzpatrick’s office for comment.
House Democrats who voted against the bill included Henry Cuellar and Vicente Gonzalez of Texas, Jared Golden of Maine, Ron Kind of Wisconsin and Kurt Schrader of Oregon. They were also criticized for not supporting the ban.
“Henry Cuellar was one of 5 House Democrats who voted against banning assault weapons,” said progressive writer and activist Adam Best. tweeted. “He continues to vote like a Republican. Remind me again why the Democratic leaders fought for him instead of getting behind a real progressive?”
“The other 4 were Jared Golden, Vicente Gonzalez, Ron Kind and Kurt Schrader,” Best continued. “Fortunately, progressive Jamie McLeod-Skinner recently elected Schrader. Good riddance to one of the worst Democrats in the country.”
The bill was the first assault weapons ban to pass the House in 28 years. A federal ban on assault weapons became law in 1994 before expiring in 2004 under the administration of former President George W. Bush.
Although the partisan split in the Senate means the chances of the new bill becoming law are slim, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tweeted that Democrats successfully “overcame years of stonewalling the gun lobby” by passing the bill in the House on Friday.
“I’m excited today because for a long time I wanted to reinstate the ban on assault weapons,” Pelosi told reporters ahead of the vote. “When we did that in the 90s, it was tough, but it happened and it saved lives.”
During the debate on the bill, Pelosi focused on a small assault rifle called the JR-15, which is modeled after the larger AR-15 assault rifle, but designed for children and marketed with cartoon skull characters. The speaker called the weapon and the marketing campaign “disgusting”.
Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia responded to Pelosi’s remarks on Twitter, where she suggested the elementary school kids killed in May’s mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas all ‘need’ the guns. assault.