On Wednesday, Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker appeared on The View where he had a heated debate with co-host Meghan McCain on gun control.
Sen. @CoryBooker shares his impassioned stance on gun control, and explains his support of mandatory buybacks.
— The View (@TheView) October 30, 2019
According to News Week, McCain pressed Booker on his calls for a stricter gun control policy, referring to mandatory gun buybacks as “a left-wing fever dream.”
“We’ve had more people die in America in my lifetime than in every single war combined,” Booker said.
The co-host asked Booker how he plans on going “into red states, and go to my brother’s house and get his AR-15s,” adding, “He’s not giving it back.” Her comments referenced Beto O’Rourke, another Democratic candidate, who during the third Democratic primary debate said, “Hell yes, we are going to take your AR-15s, your AK-47.”
“I’m not where Beto is,” Booker responded. “Just because somebody does something to us, doesn’t mean we show the same back to them.”
“I’m not running for president, with all due respect,” said McCain.
“Machine guns—we don’t have them on the streets anymore, because in the 1980s, we banned them. We had a practical way to do that,” Booker said, as he explained his position on gun control. “From Australia to New Zealand, they banned them, and they got them off the street.”
“Why are we playing into fearmongers that want to make this vision that there’s going to be people showing up at your house and taking your guns away?” he asked.
Booker listed the death of Shahad Smith, who he knew personally, as one of the reasons he fights for a stricter gun control policy. “Shahad Smith was killed on my block by an assault rifle last year. The police officer described it to me that he wasn’t shot, his head exploded,” he said.
A young man I knew was murdered at the top of my block yesterday: Shahid Smith.
He was killed by an assault weapon that does not belong on my block or any street.
Shahid lived below me in Brick Towers where I lived for 8 years.
His life mattered.
His death must matter.
— Gory BOOker 👻 (@CoryBooker) March 13, 2018
“All Americans agree on gun licensing, 70 to 80 percent do, agree on background checks. We’re a bigger country than this,” Booker said, after noting the death rate of gun violence.
“The strongest nation on the planet Earth has told our children, ‘I can’t protect you so I’m going to teach you how to hide,'” he told the hosts, adding that the safety of children is one of his main concerns.
“I’m not letting ourselves be divided by false arguments,” he said.
“There’s a big difference between saying you’re for background checks and you’re for mandatory gun buybacks and again, it sounds one way in this room. I’m telling you how it sounds in Arizona,” McCain said.
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