A Republican candidate for Florida state attorney general says that last week's mass shooting at a Parkland high school shouldn’t be used to “take away our right to bear arms too."
Florida state Rep. Jay Fant (R) in a series of tweets on Monday accused liberals of trying to dismantle gun rights following the shooting.
He singled out Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum. Gillum has been a vocal advocate for new gun laws in the days after the shooting, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Of course @AndrewGillum is using the DC liberal playbook to capitalize on a tragedy to push a gun control agenda. No surprise there.— Jay Fant (@jay_fant) February 19, 2018
We can’t let @AndrewGillum and the DC liberals win. The Parkland killer has taken away enough from us. Let’s not let this tragedy take away our right to bear arms too.— Jay Fant (@jay_fant) February 19, 2018
We were given these rights so the American individual never becomes second to American government. I join with all the law-abiding Americans who will fight to keep them.— Jay Fant (@jay_fant) February 19, 2018
Fant had also tweeted last week in support of maintaining current gun laws.
Liberals on Fake News keep saying gun control is the answer. It's not. Evil people will break any laws we can dream up to commit their evil acts.— Jay Fant (@jay_fant) February 16, 2018
Giving up this liberty and letting the government ultimately be the only entity with weapons is a slippery slope toward a country where the government is more powerful than the individual.— Jay Fant (@jay_fant) February 16, 2018
Some Florida lawmakers are considering introducing legislation that would increase the age limit for those who want to purchase certain assault weapons, as well as extend waiting periods to buy the firearms, according to the Times.
Seventeen people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Wednesday.
Student survivors of the shooting have been demanding that President TrumpDonald TrumpSix big off-year elections you might be missing Twitter suspends GOP Rep. Banks for misgendering trans health official Meghan McCain to Trump: 'Thanks for the publicity' MORE and lawmakers take up new gun control legislation.
The White House said in a statement Monday that Trump would support efforts to improve background checks for gun sales.