Republican won't vote Trump because he banned the gun used in Las Vegas massacre

A lifelong conservative says he won’t vote to re-elect Donald Trump because the president agreed to a ban on the type of gun used to kill 60 innocent people in the 2017 Las Vegas shooting. 

Michael Cargill, a gun shop owner from Austin, Texas, has accused 74-year-old Trump of being a ‘threat’ to the Second Amendment, which gives Americans the right to bear arms, over his decision to ban bump stocks. a gun attachment that turns semi-automatic rifles into fully-automatic machine guns.

Bump stocks were banned in December 2018 following the brutal killing of innocent civilians by deranged gunman, Stephen Paddock, in Las Vegas on October 1 2017. Trump confirmed plans to ban them after the February 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, that killed 14 students and three school workers.

Vegas killer Paddock used bump stocks to carry out the worst mass-shooting in US history, but Michael, 51, has nonetheless argued that banning them infringes his constitutional rights.

Michael, who owns the Central Texas Gun Works store in Austin, said: ‘My vote goes to whoever allows me to keep my firearms on me.


‘He (Trump) does not have a very strong stance on the Second Amendment at all. We are losing guns under this president and that’s not good for the constitution.

‘His administration banned bump stocks just because of what happened in Las Vegas. That was the only time they (bump stocks) were used in a crime and they’ve decided to ban them straight away.

‘A strong president would not have banned a firearm just because it was used in one crime. He’s punished the whole country by doing that.

‘I don’t think it was justified to ban them and therefore he (Trump) is not getting my vote.’


A bump stock allowed Las Vegas shooter, Paddock, to fire his weapon without releasing his finger from the trigger. The incident, in which more than 400 people were injured by gunfire, led to President Donald Trump to pledge to outlaw bump stocks, a ban that was finalized by the Justice Department 14 months after the attack.

Owners of bump stocks were ordered to either destroy their devices or hand them over to the authorities. Anyone who is found to own of a bump stock, including possession of a machine gun, is now punishable by fines and up to 10 years in prison.

‘It’s now a felony and I could go to jail for it and I don’t agree with that’, said Michael, who is gay and has been in a relationship with his partner for 20 years.

He added: ‘It was his responsibility to defend our rights under the Second Amendment.’


Whilst Michael classifies himself as someone with traditional Republican and conservative views, he said he hasn’t voted for the Republican presidential candidate for the last two elections in 2016 and 2020. Instead, on both occasions, he has voted for the Libertarian Party’s Jo Jorgensen to be sworn into office.

Yet, when it came to all of the other options on the ballot like county candidates, Michael said he voted for the Republican options.

The President’s stance on bump stocks is Michael’s main reason for shunning him on the ballot paper, he said, and he has praised what Donald Trump has done to boost the US economy.

Michael said: ‘The last four years have been great for the economy and he puts the USA first, which is what I want to see, but he has not handled the pandemic well at all.

‘Another four years of Trump would be good for the economy, but not so good for the Second Amendment.

‘To be honest I don’t think either Donald Trump or Joe Biden are right for the job. I have voted for the Libertarian candidate because I like their stance on the Second Amendment better than I like Donald Trump’s stance.’

Michael added he is unsure who will win the election tomorrow and has suggested is it the most ’emotionally charged’ US presidential race in recent history. He believes the White House’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic will play a big part in how Americans cast their vote.

Democrat candidate Joe Biden, 77, currently leads Mr Trump by around 10 points nationally with one day of voting left to go. Trump maintains he can pull off another surprise victory like he did in 2016.

Michael said: ‘Covid will have a big impact but people will also look at how well the economy is doing. People will guide themselves with their emotions.

‘I have no idea who will get in to be honest but if it is Biden I think we will be worse off under him.

‘But I have to say that I could never see myself voting for either Trump or Biden.’

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