Ohio Governor John Kasich is the embodiment of what ails the Republican Party. Bland as can be and with a down-the-middle approach that attracts neither crossover Democrats nor Republicans, Kasich has demonstrated the kind of failed “I’ll say anything” brand of politics that have been rehashed in GOP circles for decades.
This year, however, there is a noticeable anti-establishment, anti-RINO vibe amidst Republican voters and Kasich’s brand of squish Republicanism just isn’t flying.
That hasn’t stopped the governor from trying to bolster his conservative credentials, however.
Kasich has attempted to maintain that he is a Second Amendment advocate and as governor, maintained positions that are more in-line with modern Republican stances.
However, though Kasich is quick to cash-in on the civil rights momentum concerning the Second Amendment, where was he when our right to bear arms was on the ropes?
During his tenure as a U.S. Congressman, Kasich voted in favor of the federal Assault Weapons Ban that deemed certain weapons to be “assault weapons” and banned the possession, sale or purchase of such weapons.
His vote and his willingness to side with House Democrats who were successful in stripping the Second Amendment from hundreds-of-millions of Americans even earned him a snazzy letter from then-president and civilian disarmament champion Bill Clinton.
Predictably, Kasich has not been parading this letter of praise around…
The letter, dated May 5th, 1994, reads:
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 commend you for your courageous vote.
After the signature of “Bill,” the president offered a personal, handwritten notation: “I enjoyed our visit last night.”
Kasich would later, in 1996, vote against the Gun Crime Enforcement and Second Amendment Restoration Act of 1996.
There is no doubt that having sensed the political winds, Kasich has improved his record on Second Amendment issues. However, when the right that protects all others was on the verge of extinction, Kasich was a player in its assault.
Now that he wants to be president, he assures citizens that he’s a friend of the Second Amendment… you know, unless the politics surrounding firearms change. Then he will have to readjust (again).