Cory Booker Claims Objections to Mandatory Gun Buy Backs or Confiscations Are ‘Far-Right Fear-Mongering’
Democrat Senator Cory Booker claims that any objection to a mandatory gun buy back or confiscations is just “far-right fear-mongering.”
Booker, who is running for president, made the argument on CNN’s OutFront, insisting that taking people’s guns does not infringe upon our Second Amendment rights.
“I think that we’ve allowed this debate to be framed by the fear-mongering of people on the far right, who try to whip up this fear that our Second Amendment rights are going to be taken away from us. And that is just simply not the case,” he said
In response, the network played a clip of Beto O’Rourke saying “hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.”
“I know you support a mandatory buyback on assault weapons, but there are Democrats even who are saying what O’Rourke said and how he said it is a problem,” Burnett said. “Senator Chris Coons among them saying that clip will be played for years at Second Amendment rallies. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, asked if it would play into hands of Republicans, gave a simple answer: Yes. What do you think?”
The presidential hopeful likened “assault rifles” to machine guns in response, saying that society has got “weapons of war” off the streets in the past.
“Look, we as a society have gotten weapons of war off of our streets in the past. In the 1980s it was machine guns. We collectively agreed these guns do not belong on our streets, and we got rid of them,” he said. “We can do that with these assault rifles that are the tool of choice for mass murderers, and most Americans agree with that.”
“I’m not going to play into the hands of the far-right fear-mongering that’s going on. Commonsense, sensible gun reform is something the overwhelming majority of Americans agree on, and I want to keep the conversation focused on that,” he said.
The Washington Free Beacon noted in their report that “Assault rifles, which are fully automatic, are already subject to federal controls. Booker apparently meant to say “assault weapons,” which is a term used for certain semiautomatic rifles, including the AR-15 and AK-47.”