Washington — In a major reversal, Democratic Rep. Jared Golden of Maine called on Congress to ban assault weapons in the wake of the
There have been two incidents of mass shootings in Lewiston..
During a press conference on Thursday, Golden expressed his opposition to banning lethal weapons commonly used in war, such as the assault rifle used in this recent crime. He also acknowledged his responsibility for not taking action and is now urging the US Congress to implement a ban on assault rifles, specifically the one used by the perpetrator of the mass shooting in his hometown of Lewiston, Maine.
On Wednesday night, a shooting occurred at a bowling alley and restaurant in a small city, resulting in 18 deaths and 13 injuries. The suspect, identified as 40-year-old Robert Card, is still on the loose.
I was one of the few Democrats who voted against a bill aiming to prohibit specific semi-automatic weapons. The House approved the bill following multiple mass shootings.in Uvalde, Texas,
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Golden voted against a proposed bill in the House that aimed to increase the minimum age for buying semi-automatic rifles and prohibit the sale of high-capacity magazines.
In a statement in June 2022, Golden expressed concern about the repeated pattern of partisan discussion and push for proposals that lack enough support to be enacted into law following devastating mass shootings. Despite this ongoing cycle, no progress has been made.
“The statement expressed the belief that Congress should not waste time on bills that are doomed to fail. Instead, they should prioritize passing meaningful legislation that will effectively prevent individuals with violent intentions from acquiring or owning weapons.”