Thursday, October 9, 2014

Former Pro-Gun Rep. Mike Ross Flips and Supports Ban On High-Capacity Weapons

Hunting okay but not the 2nd Amendment. 
Some candidates often try to rewrite or even hide their past positions to get votes. Below is a clear example via an article from two years ago when the candidate was not running again for office.

While democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross claims to be pro-gun, we find Ross choose to push for bans for certain firearms -- forget the 2nd Amendment. He believes guns are only for hunting wildlife.

From the the Times Record archives, December 19, 2012: By Peter Urban, Stephens Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — Rep. Mike Ross, a leading pro-gun advocate on Capitol Hill, on Wednesday threw his support behind efforts to ban high-capacity assault weapons in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school massacre.

“This is not the same America that I grew up in, and I think it is time to address whether there really is a legitimate need for high-capacity weapons that can shoot you know a lot of rounds of ammunition,” said Ross, co-chairman of the bipartisan Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus.

Ross, an Arkansas Democrat, said during an interview at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday morning that he has given a lot of thought to this change of heart.

“I think past notions that any change at all in gun laws is a foot in the door — I think it is time we get beyond that,” he said. “America has changed. Unfortunately, it is a different place than when we were children. And, we need some common-sense reforms.”

... Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., a former co-chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, has also said that gun control should be part of a comprehensive response to the shootings. ...

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he plans to submit broad new gun control proposals to Congress by the end of January.

Ross is a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association and in the past has been a key champion of Second Amendment rights. “No one is more pro-gun than I am. No one enjoys hunting more than I do,” he said.

... The Newtown shooting appears to have been the last straw for Ross when it comes to civilian ownership of weapons designed for combat. “These weapons that have been used in these horrendous slayings aren’t the type of guns I hunt with or anybody else hunts with. I mean when you duck hunt you can only have three shells in your gun by law. And, you know, I shoot a Browning 270 deer rifle. I think it might hold four rounds — that’s it. And, I’m your typical hunter out there,” Ross said. . . .

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Whoda Elcares said...

Or is this already the flop? or the second flip? Has even the most devoted counter lost count?

Bill Smith said...

Indeed we have. Ross became a lap-dog for Pelosi verses his claim of being a blue-dog.