by John Urban | Top Right News
Ohio Gov. John Kasich tells GOP voters lots of things as he campaigns on the stump, among them that he can “make great deals with Democrats,” and that he is a “defender of the 2nd Amendment.”
But a letter — from former President Bill Clinton — unearthed just days before the critical Ohio primary reminds voters Kasich made a deal to restrict the 2nd Amendment rights of Americans on one of the most critical votes on guns ever — the Assault Weapons Ban of 1994.
This is a letter Kasich does not want voters to see…and it could cost him dearly on Tuesday.
In the May 5, 1994 letter, then-president Clinton applauded Kasich’s “courageous” vote on the bill written by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), to keep the falsely named “assault weapons” out of the hands of law-abiding citizens.
Thank you very much for your support of H.R. 4296, the assault weapons ban. These weapons have contributed to violent crime and traumatized our nation’s communities for too long. By your vote today you have taken the first step towards getting assault weapons off the streets and out of the hands of criminals.
I applaud the bipartisan nature with which our victory was achieved and comment you for your courageous vote.
With best wishes,
(I enjoyed our visit last night)
Kasich — then in the GOP leadership — was one of only 46 Republicans — mainly gun-hating Northeast RINOs — who backed the ban.
The vast majority of Republicans (131) voted against it. In the Senate, Republicans opposed it 36-7. even with the Democrats in the majority, the bill barely passed the House 216-214, and was signed by Clinton.
The law proved so unpopular with Americans that it almost singlehandedly cost the Democrats the Congress in the 1994 elections…handing Republicans the U.S. House for the first time since 1953.
But John Kasich was on the wrong side of this victory.
He later claimed he regretted the vote. But his subsequent votes prove he remained an enemy of the Right to Bear Arms for many years to come:
Notice how when the now GOP-controlled House passed a bill to repeal the ban…Kasich voted with only 29 other Republicans against it.
Now GOP primary voters — especially gun-owners — will have to ask themselves…is this the kind of “great deals with Democrats” they can expect from a President Kasich?