How the mass shootings modified Jared Golden’s thoughts on assault weapons ban

LEWISTON, Maine — U.S. Rep. Jared Golden acquired the eye of constituents, pundits and friends within the wake of Wednesday’s mass shootings in his hometown of Lewiston when he referred to as on Congress to go a ban on assault-style weapons.

Golden, a Democrat and Marine veteran who beforehand opposed such bans, put collectively his remarks Thursday throughout a automobile trip to Lewiston after flying that afternoon from Washington, D.C., to Boston. That night, he stepped to the rostrum at a information convention additionally that includes U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. Almost 24 hours had handed since a gunman killed 18 folks and injured 13 at a bowling alley and bar in Maine’s second-largest metropolis.

Golden, who has been one of the conservative Home Democrats on quite a lot of points, represents Maine’s 2nd District, which President Donald Trump carried in 2016 and 2020. He’s looking for a fourth time period in 2024.