Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker got destroyed by NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch after he called for the “most sweeping” gun control laws of anyone in the race. And then progressive Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) pushed for gun control, too, and Loesch decimated her.
Omar was responding to a school shooting in Colorado on Tuesday where two students are suspected of opening fire in a classroom, killing one student and injuring eight more.
“I am heartbroken about this shooting in Highlands Ranch, Colorado,” Omar wrote. “We cannot allow ourselves to become accustomed to this violence, we must act and pass gun safety reform now.
To which Loesch pointed out, “The murderers used illegally possessed handguns that one must be 21 to purchase or carry.”
“Please describe how you would make illegal possession illegal-er.”
Booker recently said his “most sweeping gun violence prevention plan ever put forth by a presidential candidate” — as touted by his campaign — would make getting a gun similar to the process of getting a driver’s license through a new federal registration program.
If elected president, Booker said he would move to ban “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” magazines, Politico reported. Universal background checks would be required, including for private party sales.
“Bulk gun” purchases would be outlawed. For instance, a person could only buy one handgun a month. On top of that, he would look into forcing gun manufacturers to use “microstamping” technology to link every bullet fired to the gun that it was fired from.
As for Booker’s federal licensing program, it would require new and current gun owners to go through a federally approved gun safety course, have the FBI dig into their background, and be approved for gun ownership by the federal government.
On top of that, the Democratic candidate took a shot at the National Rifle Association, vowing to punish them and demanding that the IRS consider stripping the organization of its tax-exempt status.
NRA spokeswoman Loesch fired back Twitter, poking holes in his plan.
Loesch also pointed out what Washington Examiner executive editor Philip Klein observed, that making licenses for owning a gun similar to licenses for driving a car would actually remove some restrictions on gun ownership that Booker would never, ever want removed.