Mia Love Backtracks on Guns
Congresswoman Mia Love (R-UT) has come under fire for walking back public support for gun control in a private right-wing Facebook group. In the days after the Parkland shooting that left 17 people dead at a Florida high school last month, Love told Utah state senators that “everything has to be on the table.” Love specifically asked why the teenaged shooter was able to buy an AR-15. She also told The Salt Lake Tribune that she would support stronger background checks, consider banning semi-automatic rifle sales to people under 21, and opposed Trump’s proposal to arm teachers. However, in a private Facebook group of LDS (Mormon) conservatives, Love backtracked and said she did not support any additional restrictions on gun sales, according to screenshots obtained by ThinkProgress where Love personally responded in the group to criticism of her comments. The stance upset some members of Love’s conservative base. Hence, she responded to the complaints by backtracking, saying what she actually meant by everything being on the table was that she was open to looking at violent music and movies. Love also said in the private group that she was “not elected by the president” and doesn’t see Trump as the leader of her party. More here.