A top Republican donor in Florida will withhold contributions to candidates and political groups that won’t support a ban on assault weapons, reports The New York Times.
In an email to six Republican leaders Saturday, Florida-based real estate developer Al Hoffman Jr. denounced the rash of mass shootings that has devastated the U.S. for years, and demanded that Republican politicians take action.
“I will not write another check unless they all support a ban on assault weapons,” Hoffman said in the email, according to the New York Times. “Enough is enough!”
In an interview with the New York Times, Hoffman, who is a former ambassador to Portugal, said that he’d reached the “end of the road” in his support for politicians who refused to support tighter gun laws.
“For how many years now have we been doing this — having these experiences of terrorism, mass killings — and how many years has it been that nothing’s been done?” Hoffman said. “It’s the end of the road for me.”
Hoffman’s email came just three days after a gunman started shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, about 25 miles north of Fort Lauderdale. The massacre killed 17 people and left 14 others injured.
The suspect, a 19-year-old former student at the school named Nikolas Cruz, allegedly did the attack using an AR-15 that he had bought legally from a dealer in Coral Springs, Fla. about a year earlier.
The attack brought back calls from activists and Democrats for legislators to implement new gun control measures.
But most Republicans have tried to turn attention away from the gun control debate, dishonestly saying that reform efforts should focus on mental illness (even though they have no intention of helping the mentally ill) and accusing Democrats of politicizing school shootings.
Talking at a news conference on Wednesday night, Rick Scott refused to say whether policymakers should fight for gun control, attempting to mislead people by saying that “there’s a time” to have such discussions. The time is now, you ugly snake man.
“There’s a time to continue to have these conversations about how through law enforcement, how through mental illness funding that we make sure that people are safe,” Voldemort said.