WATCH: Furious John Kasich blisters ‘cowardly’ GOP and gun owners for opposing assault rifle ban
Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) launched a furious tirade at his own party and gun owners on Sunday morning, saying those who refuse to get behind an assault weapon ban should do the right thing without fear of losing their jobs.
Speaking with CNN host Dana Bash, the normally unflappable Ohio Republican addressed a previous interview with survivors of the horrific shooting in Parkland, Florida, before turning his ire on the U.S. Congress that he called “totally dysfunctional.”
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Kasich said. “They can’t fix immigration. They just can’t seem to get anything done except the fact that they all came together and agreed to take money out of our kid’s piggy banks because now they just go ahead and blow a hole in the deficit. It’s dysfunctional and I don’t think they can do anything on guns. I hope they prove me wrong and can because I have no confidence in them.”
Calling for legislation to tighten up requirements for purchasing a weapon, Kasich relayed a personal story about a friend who is a gun owner.
“I was talking to a friend of mine this morning and asked him, ‘If all of a sudden you couldn’t buy an AR-15, what would you lose? Would you feel as though your Second Amendment rights would be eroded because you couldn’t buy a god-darn AR-15?'” he said with his voice rising. “These are the things that have to be looked at and action has to happen. You’re never going to fix all of this but this group that I’ve assembled on both sides of the issue are going to come together with recommendations.”
“Governor, is this a lesson the dysfunctional congressmen that you talk about need to learn?” Bash asked. “Do they just need to lose their majority?”
“You know, Dana, in life when you have a set of values which are loving our children or somebody else’s children, sometimes you have to put yourself at risk,” the now red-faced Kasich stated. “You put yourself at risk that you may not get re-elected. If you can move things forward in the name of peace in our country and you lose an election, we’ll give you a badge and a crown.”
“There’s nothing,” he began, ” It’s not the end of the world because you lose an election! Everybody’s got to look inside of themselves and think about their children. And, look, I’m not calling for some outright ban. I’m talking about small steps that can be taken that can be effective and Congress ought to do it. I just don’t — I don’t have any confidence in them. I don’t think most Americans do.”
Watch the video below via CNN: