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Rep. Mast Puts Political Career on the Line: Ban AR-15 Rifles

(Newsmax TV's "America Talks Live")

By    |   Tuesday, 27 Feb 2018 05:21 PM

The Republican congressman who has called for an immediate temporary ban on AR-15 assault rifles told Newsmax TV on Tuesday he is not backing down from his position despite the fact it could be a political liability.

Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla. – who lost both his legs and an index finger in Afghanistan while working as a bomb disposal expert – told Miranda Khan on Tuesday's "America Talks Live":

"I could become a political casualty with my strong stance, with coming out and saying this, but that's not something I'm going to worry about.

"When I was on the battlefield, when I was a bomb technician, when I was in the Army, I didn't ever worry about being a casualty, I worried about my buddies, my friends to my left and right, and how I could save their life as the bomb technician.

"My job was to protect them from that, and I don't regret one second of that. I don't regret losing either one of my legs, I don't regret losing my part of my left index finger, I don't regret that because I was in the action of trying to save life."

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Last Friday, in an opinion piece in The New York Times, Mast, who represents Florida's 18th Congressional District, came out in support of a ban on assault weapons.

His stance comes in the wake of the Valentine's Day massacre at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, during which 17 children and adults were shot dead by a 19-year-old gunman toting an AR-15.

"I know that no single action can prevent a truly determined person from committing mass murder, such as bombings and mass vehicular slaughter – not being able to control everything, however, should not prevent us from doing something," wrote Mast, a longtime member of the National Rifle Association.

Mast's stand was a 180-degree turn from the views of many of his GOP colleagues and is seen as a political hot potato.

But Mast, the recipient of a Purple Heart for his bravery in combat, told Khan: "I'm willing to do everything I can to save the lives of the children in our community – not just at schools but in parks and at movie theaters and at shopping centers and every other public gathering place.

"So I'm going to push this conversation as hard as I can, because I do care about everybody out there in our community, and I think we'll ultimately get to the right place, but it takes pushing this conversation and having it in very, very tough ways."

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Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., is willing to put his political career on the line to call for a ban of AR-15 assault rifles, he told Newsmax TV on Tuesday.
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Tuesday, 27 Feb 2018 05:21 PM
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