Ohio Gov. John Kasich claims the Florida school shooting Wednesday proved the GOP needs to “wake up” about gun control laws, he said on a Sunday CNN interview.
“Common sense guns laws make sense,” the Republican said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I think Congress is totally dysfunctional. I’ve never seen anything like this. They just can’t seem to get anything done. They can’t agree to anything down there. Wake up.”
Kasich’s comments come in the wake of the deadly school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz allegedly opened fire on former classmates with a legally-acquired AR-15 rifle, killing 17, according to Newsweek. Evidence gathered since the shooting shows that the FBI received tips about Cruz twice in the months before the shooting, once in September 2017, and another in January 2018.
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Kasich has been a leading moderate Republican since losing the Republican Presidential Primary to then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016. He’s been a vocal critic of both President Trump and the Republican party throughout Trump’s presidency.
Trump took aim at Kasich Feb. 2 at his speech before the Republican National Committee (RNC), reportedly mocking the Ohio governor for his dismal performance in the 2016 Republican presidential primary and for going on television and criticizing him.
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