Cory Booker: I’m going to ‘bring a fight like the NRA has never seen’
Sen. Cory Booker has promised to “bring a fight” to the National Rifle Association if he’s elected president in 2020.
Speaking during a CNN town hall Wednesday night, the New Jersey Democrat told a mother who said she’s afraid to send her daughter to school for fear of mass shooters that he plans to take on the gun lobby and crack down on gun purchases.
“It is so horrific that in America, we have in the aggregate a mass shooting every day because dozens of people are shot and killed,” Mr. Booker said. “I am frustrated with politicians who all the best they can muster is to give thoughts and prayers. Enough of that. Enough of that.”
Mr. Booker said he supports tightening restrictions on gun purchases in the country, including universal background checks and closing loopholes on private sales.
“I’m a black man and black males are 6 percent of the nation’s population, but they make up the majority of homicide victims in this country,” he said. “I am tired of going to funerals where parents are burying their children.
“I am going to bring a fight we are going to bring a fight like the NRA has never seen if they’re going to defend corporate gun manufacturers more than represent the people,” he said. “We are going to bring that fight on every level necessary. I’m a guy that’s taken on tough fights before and won them, and this is one that we are going to win together.”
NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch responded to Mr. Booker’s comments in a pair of tweets Thursday morning, claiming that “not a word” he said was true.
Not a word uttered by @CoryBooker here is correct.1) NRA represents everyday Americans. NRA isnt NSSF.2) Federal law bars domestic abusers from buying or possessing guns https://t.co/ATbiOOMY6I3) Charge people on watch lists. If they cant buy a gun why arent they charged? https://t.co/QzXZdjNnAX Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) March 28, 2019
Also, there are no loopholes, there are criminal acts. If your drivers license is suspended and you drive anyway that isnt some magical loophole, its a criminal act. We undermine law by pretending it doesnt exist. Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) March 28, 2019