Nearly all the Democrats running for President want to tighten America’s gun laws. Cory Booker outlined his plan to “make America safer” a few weeks ago, and he has also promised to “bring the fight to the NRA.”
Whatever that means.
Following the Virginia Beach shooting, CNN’s Jake Tapper had Booker on to ask him some questions about gun control. Surprisingly, Tapper called out the New Jersey Senator for dodging his question about what specifically would have stopped the gunman.
From the Daily Caller:
“I have a comprehensive plan that people say is bold,” Booker added. “But I’ll tell you what, it’s not bold. It’s common sense, evidence-based things we can do to lower gun violence. We are not helpless …” Booker said.
“But you — you keep saying,” Tapper interrupted. “I’m sorry to interrupt, but you keep saying, ‘we’re not helpless.’ So I’m saying, what would have prevented this tragedy? I think that’s one of the issues that people wonder about when there are these horrible tragedies. What steps specifically would have stopped the massacre in Virginia Beach?”
Booker again dodged Tapper’s second attempt to frame the question specifically around Virginia Beach:
You’ve taken a look at 16, 17 things we have in my plan that would drop the levels of violence overall, from one handgun a month laws, all the way to investing in the kind of mental health and the kind of community empowerment strategies that would do something about it. In the aggregate, we can do things that dramatically lower the levels of violence in our community. We’ve allowed this debate to be framed by the corporate gun lobby that has so eroded common sense, that even stopping the CDC having money to study this problem, from stopping consumer product safety commissions having the ability to regulate in this space. So, enough is enough. We can do so much more.
Tapper then transitioned to a different line of questioning. “I hear you not talking about this specific massacre, but talking about gun violence in general,” he said. “So let’s talk about your proposals in general.”
He has no answers, just talking points.