A top Republican donor has revealed he will no longer contribute to candidates and political groups that do not support a ban on assault weapons.
On Saturday, real-estate developer Al Hoffman Jr. wrote an email to Republican leaders asserting he will not write another check until they take action against assault weapons.
Hoffman wrote, “I will not write another check unless they all support a ban on assault weapons.”
He continued, “Enough is enough!”
Hoffman’s demand comes just three days after 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fire with an AR-15 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and killed 17 people.
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Previously, there was an assault weapons ban but it expired in 2004.
Since then, Congress has failed to pass another one.
The shooting has several Congressional Democrats and activists to call for new gun control reform.
On Friday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, (D-Calif.) revealed she is working on a bill that raises the minimum age to purchase rifles from 18 to 21.
I plan to introduce a bill to require ALL firearms purchases from gun dealers be restricted to individuals who are at least 21 years old. If you can’t buy a handgun or a bottle of beer, you shouldn’t be able to buy an AR-15.
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) February 17, 2018
However, most Republicans argue more gun control legislation is not necessary. They assert the focus should be on mental illness instead, while their party continues cutting money to help mental illness.
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