In last night’s debate, the Republican candidates for governor all refused to call for any stronger gun safety laws, even in the wake of the tragic school shooting in Parkland that took 17 lives. Paul Mango and Scott Wagner even said that they would accept contributions from the NRA.
“It shameful that Paul Mango and Scott Wagner would put politics and the NRA ahead of the safety of Pennsylvanians, especially our children,” said Beth Melena, communications director for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. “Now is the time to come together and work for bipartisan solutions so we can prevent another mass shooting, but Wagner and Mango are hellbent on protecting the status quo.”
“On a question about gun control, none of the candidates changed their position to advocate for greater gun-control measures, even ideas supported by Republican President Donald Trump this week following the Florida school shooting that killed 17.” [AP, 3/1/18]
“None of them supported more gun control measures, such as universal background checks or banning civilian use of assault rifles, high-capacity magazines and bump-stocks that turn semi-automatic weapons into rapid-fire automatic weapons.” [Morning Call, 3/2/18]
“Asked later whether they would accept donations from the National Rifle Association, Mr. Wagner and Mr. Mango said yes…” [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 3/1/18]