We definitely need something just like this.
Courtesy of HuffPo:
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, a candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, released a sweeping plan to combat gun violence on Monday, proposing a national gun licensing program, a ban on high-capacity weapons and bump stocks and an IRS investigation of the National Rifle Association.
“My plan to address gun violence is simple – we will make it harder for people who should not have a gun to get one,” Booker said in a statement announcing the plans. “I am sick and tired of hearing thoughts and prayers for the communities that have been shattered by gun violence – it is time for bold action.”
His campaign touted it as the boldest plan ever put forward by a presidential candidate. Ending gun violence is a major priority for Democratic primary voters, and is increasingly a winning issue for the Democratic Party in general elections.
The centerpiece of Booker’s plan is making gun licenses – which are increasingly popular at the state level – a national policy. Gun owners would need to seek a license at a local office in a process similar to applying for a passport. They would sit for an interview, submit fingerprints, pass a background check and prove they’ve passed a gun safety course before receiving a license that would be valid for five years.
Gun license laws in states like Massachusetts and Connecticut have led to reductions in gun homicides and suicides.
Booker would also give the Consumer Product Safety Commission oversight over firearms, remove the legal immunity Congress gave the gun industry in 2005 and close loopholes to create universal background checks for gun purchases. The plan would also increase funding for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, limit gun buyers to one handgun a month to help battle gun trafficking and investigate whether the NRA has abused its tax-exempt status.
This is great stuff. Kind of like the New Green Deal for guns.
Sadly I don’t think that Cory Booker has much of a shot at the nomination.
There is nothing particularly wrong with him, I just don’t see him breaking through to the top three.
However, I would love to see some version of this plan make it into the Democratic platform, and hopefully whoever does win that nomination will prioritize this and make it a central policy of their campaign.
We have to do something.
We just cannot sit back and watch these people continue to die day after day.