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In the wake of a mass shooting that killed 17 at a Parkland, Florida high school, Republican Governor John Kasich of Ohio called out his own party and President Donald Trump for their inaction on gun control.
“Of course the president can lead on this and should lead on this and Mr. President, I ask you to do this,” Kasich said while appearing on the CNN show State of the Union. “You don’t have to boil the ocean, but take some steps now.”
With national attention once again focused on gun violence in America, Kasich went on to note that now is the perfect time to pass bipartisan legislation aimed at stopping these shootings.
“I believe those who are Second Amendment advocates realize that common-sense, real reforms can happen in this country to answer the cries and the anguish of people all across this country who have lost loved ones… This is a great opportunity for common-sense steps that can be taken, just in the area of background checks.”
As for the specific measure he wants passed, Kasich suggested gun owners should be far-more thoroughly vetted. “There should be no ability to do a casual sale without somebody having to find out who they’re selling the gun to and what is involved. The president should be for that,” said the former presidential candidate.
Watch above, via CNN.
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