Weirdly, he disagrees with the person trying to give him a job.
One of President Donald Trump’s nominees for a top Pentagon job just said he thinks it’s “insane” that civilians can buy assault rifles — just like the shooter in Sutherland Springs, Texas, was able to do.
“I’d also like to, and I may get in trouble with other members of the committee, just say how insane it is that in the United States of America a civilian can go out and buy a semiautomatic assault rifle like an AR-15,” Dr. Dean Winslow, the nominee for the Department of Defense’s top health affairs job, said during his confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee today.
Winslow was responding to a question from Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) asking if the Texas gunman, 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, should’ve received a “dishonorable discharge” from the military — the worst possible way to leave the armed forces — instead of a “bad conduct discharge” for assaulting his spouse and child.
Winslow didn’t directly answer the question. He first mentioned the Air Force’s failure to alert federal authorities that Kelley was convicted of a crime, which might’ve barred him from purchasing the military-style rifle he used to kill 26 people at a church on Sunday. Had the Air Force done so, authorities would have entered his conviction into a federal database that arms dealers must check when someone tries to purchase a gun. And had that information been in the database, Kelley might not have been able to acquire weapons.
It was only after those comments that Winslow revealed his opinion on civilians purchasing assault weapons — which are completely counter to Trump’s views on the issue, although he used to support an assault weapons ban.
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