The American Conservatives are calling on House Speaker John Boehner to take a more common sense approach to gun control and to not include any restrictions on ammunition purchases, according to a new article in the publication.
The article was written by former Rep. Justin Amash, a former member of the House Freedom Caucus, and comes as Congress faces a potential shutdown this week over the possibility of a government shutdown, which would likely result in the cancellation of Obamacare subsidies for millions of Americans.
The conservative House Speaker has consistently voted against the Second Amendment, and has previously voted to block the Brady Bill, the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act and other gun control legislation.
Conservative author Amash believes that Boehner should take a position that is consistent with his constituents, as opposed to his own party, and that Boehner would be well served by taking a more inclusive position on gun ownership.
“If you look at the majority of the members in the House of Representatives, they all support the Second and Third Amendments and I think that is where the majority is.
They don’t want to restrict the rights of the Second amendment,” Amash told The American Spectator.
“I think Speaker Boehner needs to do the right thing, and I’m not sure why he is so reluctant to do that.”
Amash is a strong advocate of gun control, and the former Republican National Committee chairman was the first member of Congress to introduce legislation in 2015 that would have banned the sale of high capacity magazines.
He is a member of House Republicans, but has previously criticized the party’s leadership, saying it has a “bully” mentality and that he was not a fan of Speaker John A. Boehner, the House Speaker.
He also criticized the leadership of the Freedom Caucus and called for them to be stripped of their caucus status.
“You can’t run your caucus like that,” Amashes said.
“If you’re not willing to fight and fight and then give up, you can’t have a caucus in Congress.”
Conservative author Justin Amashes, who served in Congress from 2015 to 2017, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill on May 4, 2020.
Amash told the American Spectators that the majority in the Republican Party are “all too happy to put up with this bulls***, which is why the Freedom caucus is still here.”
The article, entitled “The Republican Party of Amash: Why You Need a Leader who will stand up for you and not stand on the side of gun violence,” says that Boehner has a strong record on gun legislation, which includes voting for gun control measures.
“He is, I believe, one of the few members of Congress who has a record that is more consistent with the views of the American people, and one who does not believe that gun violence has anything to do with guns,” Amans said.
Amases support for the Second Amendments was highlighted during his 2016 run for the Republican nomination for president, when he defeated his then-primary rival, former Massachusetts Gov.
Mitt Romney, in a primary that ended up being a referendum on gun rights.
The Freedom Caucus was formed to represent the views and interests of the far right, but is still considered by many to be the conservative wing of the party, according, as well as some Republicans, to be a “loyal” caucus.
Amanches article comes just days after Rep. Matt Gaetz, the new head of the Congressional Republican Conference, said he was ready to go to bat for gun owners and urged lawmakers to take “a bold stance” on the issue.
“I am ready to be leader,” Gaetz told The Washington Post in an interview.
“And I know there are people in my conference that are ready to fight to defend the Second Amash and I will continue to fight that fight.”
“I believe there are a lot of people who are really looking for a leadership that is not afraid to stand up and fight for the American Constitution,” Gaetsaid.
“It’s time for Republicans to get together and be a united party, not just on guns, but on the Second Amendement.”