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In less than 24 hours we saw two horrific acts of hate and violence. Thirty-one lives were taken in El Paso and Dayton — but they’re not alone.
In Chicago over the weekend, at least 59 people were shot, including a 5-year-old boy.
Gun violence cannot be normalized, regardless of where it happens.
Lives are being lost every day, and this uniquely American problem lies directly at the feet of our nation’s leaders. The president blames violent video games and mental illness instead of confronting white supremacy and insufficient gun laws.
On national television yesterday, the president said, “Mental illness and hatred pull the trigger. Not the gun.” But the truth is a white nationalist pulled the trigger in El Paso, with a gun he never should’ve gotten his hands on.
It’s time to put an end to the empty words we continue to hear after countless acts of gun violence. It’s time to act.
When I’m president, we’ll implement a federal gun licensing program as well as universal background checks to keep guns out of the wrong hands. We’ll ban assault weapons, high-capacity magazines, and bump stocks. And, we’ll close the loopholes that allow domestic abusers and people on terrorist watch lists to get their hands on a gun. Finally, we will bring real regulation and oversight to gun manufacturers and end corporate legal immunity that prevents victims of gun violence from seeking justice.
That’s the future I believe in, friend — where people aren’t afraid to go to their houses of worship or to the mall or to a music festival or just to sit in their classroom and learn.