Republican Presidential Primary voters are overwhelmingly pro-gun.
A strong record on the Second Amendment is a must for candidates in early states like Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.
That’s why Ron DeSantis just made Donald Trump regret saying these four words about seizing firearms.
Authorities are still searching for a former U.S. Army reservist who murdered 18 people at a bowling alley and restaurant in Lewiston, Maine on Wednesday night and left 13 injured.
The suspect was identified as 40-year-old Robert Card, an Army reservist who also works as a firearms training instructor.
As expected, Democrats immediately responded to the tragedy by calling for new gun control laws like a ban on so-called “assault weapons.”
Many RINOs are also joining with Democrats in using the tragedy as a reason to push so-called red flag gun laws.
Under red flag confiscation laws, judges can order government agents to kick down doors and seize firearms from law abiding American citizens without due process of law.
But Florida Governor Ron DeSantis defended the Second Amendment and pointed out that the shooter already had previous mental health issues that went ignored and red flag laws would have done nothing to prevent it.
“He already had firearms,” DeSantis said. “He’s a well-trained individual,” he continued, before adding that “I think an involuntary commitment though, would’ve kept him off the street and I think that would’ve probably done the trick.”
As for red flag laws, which Florida passed in 2018 before DeSantis became Governor, he said that “it’s not something I supported because I was concerned about the due process rights of individuals.”
“Now our crime rate is at a 50-year-low,” he continued, before adding that “I don’t think it’s because of that, I think it’s because we’ve supported law enforcement, we have strong laws to hold criminals accountable and keep them off the street.”
However, Donald Trump is on record as a strong supporter of red flag laws.
And on social media, the DeSantis War Room reminded Republican voters that Trump once said “take the guns first” and then worry about due process.
“FLASHBACK to the time Donald Trump advocated for gun confiscation as president,” the War Room wrote.
In the video, Trump said that “I like taking the guns early . . . Take the guns first, go through due process second.”
FLASHBACK to the time Donald Trump advocated for gun confiscation as president.
"I like taking the guns early…Take the guns first, go through due process second." pic.twitter.com/AtqYvnjGSE
— DeSantis War Room 🐊 (@DeSantisWarRoom) October 27, 2023
Supporting the Second Amendment is important to early state GOP voters.
And DeSantis is reminding pro-gun Republicans that Trump has a history of supporting gun control like red flag confiscation.
DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.