Friday, July 10, 2020

O’Rourke Calls for Australian Gun Control After El Paso

Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke told Jon Favreau, host of Pod Save America, he now supports mandatory gun licensing and a buyback program.

O’Rourke comments came in the aftermath of the El Paso and Dayton shootings.

Breitbart’s Awk Hawkins reports:

Favreau commented on gun licensing and mandatory buybacks in Australia and asked if O’Rourke would support them as president?

O’Rourke responded, “Yes. And I’m open to them right now as a candidate.”

He continued:

It absolutely has to be part of the conversation. And at the end of the day, if it’s going to save lives, it it’s going to prevent the kinds of tragedies that we saw in El Paso, Gilroy, and Dayton, or this weekend in Chicago or allover this country on a daily basis, then let’s move forward and do it.

While progressives in the United States praise Australia for the National Firearms Agreement, implementing such a policy here wouldn’t do much good, according to a 2018 study.

Sixty-one percent of gun deaths in the United States were suicides. Most of the remainder were homicides. Mass shooting fatalities account for a tiny fraction of the total number.

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