Americans were horrified by a massacre at a Texas school last week which left 19 children and two teachers dead. That, along with an earlier mass shooting in Buffalo has many Democrats calling for more guns laws.
They include New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who recently said such events will continue until the “love for all of our children” exceeds “the love of our guns and money.”
Booker compares gun control push to civil rights struggle
Booker made the claim during a Sunday appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” However, the Democratic lawmaker told host Chuck Todd that he is skeptical that new gun legislation will be forthcoming.
He spoke of being “under no illusion that we’re going to do the things that need to be done” and compared the push for gun restrictions to civil rights protests after four African-American girls were killed in a 1963 church bombing.
“When our children died, for example, a bombing in Birmingham, when four little girls died, the nation rallied,” he said, adding, “Movement continued until we demanded change and it was made.”
Booker was not alone in using emotional language to demand legislative action, as Vice President Kamala Harris did so as well when she traveled to Buffalo for the funeral of a shooting victim.
“You know what an assault weapon is? … It was designed for a specific purpose: to kill a lot of human beings quickly.”
US Vice President Kamala Harris calls for an assault weapons ban in the wake of mass shootings in Uvalde and Buffalo this month. pic.twitter.com/1BnrZKfhIj
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) May 29, 2022
“We are not sitting around waiting to figure out what the solution looks like,” Harris told Buffalo’s Channel 4 News. “You know, we’re not looking for a vaccine. We know what works on this. Let’s have an assault weapons ban.”
“You know what an assault weapon is?” the vice president continued, adding, “You know how an assault weapon was designed?”
FBI data shows so-called “assault weapons” rarely used in crimes
“It was designed for a specific purpose – to kill a lot of human beings quickly. An assault weapon is a weapon of war with no place, no place in a civil society,” Harris went on.
Harris did not offer a definition of the term “assault weapon,” although it is often applied to semiautomatic rifles despite them rarely being used in criminal violence.
FBI data shows that of the 13,927 murders committed in 2019 (the last year for which complete data is available), only 364 were committed using rifles of any kind.