Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has a new, young, and impressionable fan in his quest to confiscate guns in America if he gets elected to Commander in Chief.
The Parkland-student-turned-activist David Hogg is now helping spread of one Booker’s latest false claims.
“Why should toy guns be subject to more federal regulation than real ones?” Booker demanded on Twitter. “It’s time to change that.”
Then Hogg piped up, tweeting: “Toy guns are more regelated [sic] for safety than actual guns. We need to Put 👏guns 👏under 👏the 👏consumer 👏protection 👏 act 👏.”
And then the Washington Post pummeled them with a fact check. They zeroed in on multiple statements Booker has made claiming that not only are real firearms regulated less than toy guys, they’re not even regulated at all by the federal government.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission actually says on their website that firearms are not regulated by them because they’re regulated by a different U.S. department. Other products regulated by departments other than the Consumer Product Safety Commission include “cars, trucks, and motorcycles” as well as “food, drugs, and cosmetics.”
In other words, using Booker’s own logic, he should be arguing that toy cars are more regulated than real cars.
“There are clearly many laws and regulations governing the sale, distribution, and use of guns,” the Post wrote.
As for regulation controlling the design of guns, Johns Hopkins University chairman Jon Vernick pointed out, “The ATF has extremely narrow authority regarding firearm design. In particular, firearms may only be imported if ATF determines that they are ‘generally recognized as particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes’ (known as the sporting purposes test).”
The Post gave Booker three out of four Pinocchios for spreading falsehoods.
Conservative commentator Chad Prather also pointed out the danger of having the Consumer Product Safety Commission regulate firearms.
“To place firearms under the jurisdiction of the CPSC would be asinine,” he explained. “The standards to which firearms are already manufactured under the auspices of the ATF make them perfectly safe to handle and use for the consumer.”
“Trying to place them under the CPSC to get a ban on the technicality that part of their use may involve harm to someone other than the consumer (the person trying to harm them, their family, or another innocent member of the public, for example) is some shifty, slimy stuff,” he warned.