The pressure being exerted by the left in the wake of Florida’s recent tragedy isn’t only suffocating the narrative surrounding firearms in America, it is also affecting political strategy across the board.
We have grown accustomed to leftist lunacy being loudly broadcast across all platforms in the wake of tragedy, often overshadowing the grief and sorrow of the victims in a selfish play for power. The fact that last week’s atrocity happened to be gun-related has only heightened the democrat’s ridiculous rhetoric, and the emotional amplification of the situation is by no means accidental in Washington.
Now, in what could only be considered a purely political maneuver, a number of GOP lawmakers have found themselves straying from the path, and pushing back against the almighty second amendment, thanks to the midterm elections of 2018 lurking on the horizon.
“Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.), who faces a competitive reelection race this fall, wrote in an op-ed Friday that the Second Amendment guarantee of the right to bear arms should not apply to all guns.
“‘The Second Amendment is unimpeachable,’ Mast wrote in The New York Times. ‘It guarantees the right of citizens to defend themselves. I accept, however, that it does not guarantee that every civilian can bear any and all arms.”
“Mast, a retired staff sergeant in the Army, recalled his deployment in Afghanistan and the weapon he carried during that time, an M4 Carbine.
“‘My rifle was very 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,’ wrote Mast, who holds a seat that is ‘leaning Republican’ according to the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.
“‘I cannot support the primary weapon I used to defend our people being used to kill children I swore to defend,’ he added.”
Mast joins republican Florida Governor Rick Scott and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in the flip-flopping on gun rights, although Mast’s electoral situation makes his sins far more offensive.
When it comes to politics, I supposed that we must allow for some wiggle room in the morality department, on account of the system’s inherent turnover rate. Mast, however, has completely thrown a great many Americans under the bus simply to save his own job – and that will likely be remembered as the fatal flaw in his career come November.