GOP rep. calls it quits after coming out in favor of gun control

Fox News reports that Rep. Chris Jacobs (R-NY), after coming out in favor of several gun control measures, has decided to retire from politics. 

Jacobs made his retirement announcement last week, indicating that he will not pursue reelection.

“I truly believe I could win this election, but it would be an incredibly divisive election for the Republican party and the people of the 23rd District,” Jacobs said.

He added, “the last thing we need is an incredibly negative, half-truth-filled media attack funded by millions of special interest money coming into our community around this issue of gun violence and gun control.

Background

It was following the recent Texas school shooting that Jacobs, all of a sudden, came out in favor of various gun control measures.

“I want to be completely transparent of where I am in Congress,” Jacobs said. “If an assault weapons ban bill came to the floor that would ban something like an AR-15, I would vote for it.”

Jacobs, however, didn’t stop there. He also expressed support for such gun control measures as limiting magazine capacity, of preventing civilians from purchasing certain kinds of body armor, and others.

While such a position would not be that surprising for a Democrat to hold, it was surprising for it to be coming from Jacobs. That’s because it was just in 2020 that Jacobs was actually endorsed by the National Rifle Association.

The backlash

Republicans, in particular, let Jacobs have it after he announced his sudden change on gun rights. Among them, was Donald Trump Jr., the son of former President Donald Trump.

Trump Jr. tweeted:

‘Republican’ @RepJacobs already caved to the gun-grabbers whose proposals won’t do a single thing to protect our families & children from criminals & murderers. He knows this but he can’t resist getting a few glowing headlines from the mainstream media.

It was amid this backlash that Jacobs decided to call it quits.

As New York Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar put it: “We agree that it’s the best interest of all three — and of Congressman Jacobs himself — that he forgoes a run for reelection and returns to civilian life.”

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