Americans are still processing the tragedy in Florida.
Members of the media and Democrats are pushing to exploit the tragedy to disarm law-abiding American citizens.
Trey Gowdy was interviewed about the shooting and he made one jaw-dropping statement.
On CBS Face the Nation, Gowdy was asked about how some of the student activists from the event are now demanding new gun control laws.
Gowdy opened the door to gun grabs by saying you need to look at everything including magazine capacity and the type of weapon and ammunition used.
According to the transcript:
“NANCY CORDES: Right now we turn to Congressman Trey Gowdy, the head of the House Oversight Committee who is in Greenville, South Carolina this morning. Mr. Chairman, good morning. What do you say to these kids who are argue that politicians like you who take money from the NRA have blood on their hands?
CONGRESSMAN TREY GOWDY: Well, first thing I would say to, to those children and my own is I’m sorry that you have grown up in a generation that has only known violence and there is no sanctuary, there is no place of refuge. The schools aren’t safe, the churches aren’t safe, the concerts.
So I applaud their activism, I would encourage them to look at three components. The shooter himself, the instrumentality, and then any, any form of mitigation, whether it is magazine capacity, whether it is the speed with which the projectile is expelled. But, but you have to look at all three, you have to look at the shooter, and you have to look at the instrumentality by which that shooter is killing people. I applaud their activism and, and if I were them, I’d be as angry as they are.
NANCY CORDES: When you talk about instrumentality, are you suggesting that weapons that can kill or injure many people in a short period of time should be more restricted than they are now?
CONGRESSMAN TREY GOWDY: Well, you can certainly look at that. But of course Nancy, some, some of the more heinous mass killing we’ve had involve semi automatic pistols. And I, I have had people, when I was a prosecutor, kill, kill with all manner of instrumentality, from shovels to bricks to rope to hands. You’re equally dead. So—“
Gowdy also stated he was willing to support legislation to ban bump stocks.
He falsely claimed bump stocks convert a semi-automatic rifle to an automatic rifle.
According to the transcript:
“CONGRESSMAN TREY GOWDY: Well, you could. You could impose a duty to disclose. We have it in other categories of law. You could impose a, a, a lawful duty to disclose if, if you hear that someone is planning to do something. And the shooting in Florida, you didn’t need a duty to disclose.
People did come forward and put the F.B.I. on notice. You know, bump stocks turn, turn semi-automatic weapons into fully automatic weapons. So fully-automatic weapons are already illegal. So I, I, I am fine with doing away with any instrumentality that converts a semi-automatic to a fully-automatic.
NANCY CORDES: So you’re a member of leadership–
CONGRESSMAN TREY GOWDY: But Nancy, we–
NANCY CORDES: –when will we see a vote on that?
CONGRESSMAN TREY GOWDY: I’m not a member of leadership, but I’m happy to ask them when and if we’re going to see a vote. I don’t know that it requires a vote of Congress, I think ATF could regulate bump stocks tomorrow.”
Congressman Gowdy was correct when he said the blame lies with the shooter.
Multiple individuals reported him to the FBI, but they failed to perform their investigative functions.
New gun laws would not stop these tragedies.
Criminals don’t follow the law. Only law-abiding Americans would have their freedoms restricted.
Do you agree that Trey Gowdy should not open the door to new gun control?
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