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Facing backlash, Republican congressman quits race after supporting U.S. gun control -Breaking


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A person prays at a memorial on the scene of a weekend taking pictures at a Tops grocery store in Buffalo, New York, U.S. Might 19, 2022. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Picture

By Daniel Trotta

(Reuters) – A Republican congressman who got here out in assist of gun management after a mass taking pictures in his space dropped out of the race for his re-election on Friday upon coming beneath withering criticism from Republicans who noticed his coverage shift as a betrayal.

Chris Jacobs, a first-term U.S. consultant from suburban Buffalo, New York, stated he determined to withdraw to keep away from “an extremely divisive election” for the Republican Celebration.

Jacobs embraced a federal ban on assault weapons and different gun management measures per week in the past within the wake of two massacres. Authorities say a white gunman killed 10 Black folks inside a grocery store on Might 14 in a racially motivated assault, and a gunman killed 19 schoolchildren and two academics in one other assault in Uvalde, Texas, on Might 24.

“This has been a profoundly impactful occasion for me,” Jacobs informed the Buffalo Information, referring to the Buffalo taking pictures.

The backlash was fast. Gun rights teams posted his workplace and cellphone numbers on the web and native celebration leaders started pulling their assist, the New York Occasions reported.

“The very last thing we’d like is an extremely destructive, half-truth-filled media assault funded by hundreds of thousands of {dollars} of particular curiosity cash coming into our group round this situation of weapons and gun violence and gun management,” Jacobs informed reporters Friday upon asserting his withdrawal.

Jacobs was elected to Congress in New York’s twenty seventh District two years in the past with the assist of the Nationwide Rifle Affiliation however now’s within the redrawn twenty third District.

The Republican candidate shall be chosen in an Aug. 23 major election forward of the Nov. 8 common election, when the whole Home of Representatives shall be determined.

Republicans are poised to regain management from the Democrats within the intently divided Home, because the celebration accountable for the White Home historically loses seats in Congress in midterm elections.