A portion of Ohio Gov. John Kasich's website on the Second Amendment was "altered" over the weekend, toning down his support for gun rights in the wake of the deadly Florida school shooting, CNN reported.
CNN said that portion of the Republican governor's site apparently was changed Saturday, Feb. 17 and Sunday, Feb. 18, several days after the shooting that took 17 lives at a Parkland, Florida, high school.
CNN said the first version, "Defending the Second Amendment," featured photos of Kasich "at what appears to be an ammunition store and touts an endorsement by the National Rifle Association in his 2014 re-election campaign." It also called for "removing burdensome restrictions for law-abiding concealed carry licenses."
Version two, "Common sense on the Second Amendment," has no photos with gun owners and proclaims Kasich "recognizes the need for common-sense solutions to our nation's problems."
"In recent years, our country has been devastated by a dramatic increase in school shootings and mass killings – many with the use of semi-automatic weapons," the new page says, according to CNN. "Governor Kasich believes that we should not be afraid to learn from these tragedies and take appropriate action."
Kasich appeared on CNN on Sunday, Feb. 18, and criticized President Donald Trump and Congress over what he called their inaction on gun violence. He told CNN he supports the Second Amendment but thinks Congress should be able to expand background checks and mandate more attention to mental illness.
"I'm not calling for some outright ban," Kasich said. "I'm talking about small steps that can be taken that can be effective, and the Congress ought to do it."
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