Democrat Presidential Candidate Kirsten Gillibrand: “Unfortunately, because the gun manufacturers only care about gun sales, they oppose the commonsense reform that can save lives. They want to oppose universal background checks because they want to sell an assault rifle to a teenager in a Walmart.”
Senator Gillibrand apparently doesn’t know this, but since 1994 if you tried to buy a gun through any dealer in the United States, there was a background check done on you. That includes all WalMart stores.
The reason that people want to fix the background check system is that the current system needlessly discriminates against poor minorities.
Monday, March 18, 2019
UPDATE: Democrats are using the New Zealand massacre to push for more gun control in the US. From Fox News:
Leading Democrats have heaped praise on New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern after the Kiwi leader announced her country was immediately banning “military-style semi-automatic weapons” after last week’s attack that killed 50 people at two mosques.
Ardern announced Wednesday the weapons would be banned in addition to “all assault rifles,” among other firearms, adding that legislation is currently being drafted and she expects the law to take effect by April 11.
“We will ban all high-capacity magazines. We will ban all parts with the ability to convert semiautomatic, or any other type of firearm, into a military-style semi-automatic weapon,” the prime minister said. “In short, every semi-automatic weapon used in the terrorist attack on Friday will be banned in this country.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez, D-N.Y., were among the crowd of progressive voices who celebrated Ardern’s announcement, and they also used it as an opportunity to call for stricter gun control in the U.S.
“This is what real action to stop gun violence looks like. We must follow New Zealand’s lead, take on the NRA and ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons in the United States,” Sanders tweeted.
Ocasio-Cortez shared a video of Ardern announcing the ban, adding: “Sandy Hook happened 6 years ago and we can’t even get the Senate to hold a vote on universal background checks w/ #HR8. . . .