At a CNN-hosted town hall event Wednesday, Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Cory “Spartacus” Booker vowed to wage war against the National Rifle Association if he’s elected president.
“I am tired of going to funerals where parents are burying their children, and so I am gonna bring a fight — we are gonna bring a fight like the NRA has never seen if they’re going to defend corporate gun manufacturers more than represent us people,” he told a cheering crowd.
“We are going to bring that fight on every level necessary. I’m a guy that has taken on tough fights before and won them, and this is one that we are gonna win, together.”
He said this while replying to a question from an audience member, Rachel, who’d expressed feeling “terrified’ when she sent her daughter off to start kindergarten earlier this year.
Listen to Rachel’s question and Booker’s long-winded reply below:
“I was terrified to send my daughter to school when she began kindergarten this year,” Rachel said. “It’s devastating that my 6-year-old had to be taught how to hide and stay quiet in case someone came to her school to shoot people. How can we talk about being free in this country when we have to leave each day in fear of gun violence in schools, places of worship, concerts, and even from law enforcement? What is your plan to ensure our safety and freedoms?”
Freedom comes with the unfortunate but inexorable risk that someone might abuse his or her freedom to hurt others. It’s a risk that the Founding Fathers chose to accept because they knew that without freedom, America would be no different than every other nation on Earth at the time.
But Booker didn’t point this out to Rachel. Instead, he amplified her fear by ten-fold.
“That fear you’re feeling is something that we see in Americans now who fear going to their house of worship, who fear going to a concert, and it is so horrific that in America, we have in the aggregate a mass shooting every day because dozens of people are shot and killed,” he said.
That was a bald-faced lie — one that’s been trotted out by Democrats for years. As noted by the left-wing news magazine Mother Jones back in 2015, Democrats and the media have a habit of wildly inflating statistics to mislead the public and drum up support for their gun control proposals.
— Michael Dorstewitz (@MikeDorstewitz) October 11, 2015
“Even as these mass shootings have grown more frequent and loom large in our consciousness, they are a tiny fraction of America’s gun violence and remain relatively rare. Yet many news outlets keep declaring that there have been upwards of ‘355 mass shootings this year’ or ‘more than one mass shooting per day.’ Many gun control advocates say the same,” the outlet noted.
But it was a lie then just as it’s a lie now.
“I am frustrated with politicians who all the best they can muster is to give thoughts and prayers. Enough of that. Enough of that,” Booker continued, trotting out another oft-used narrative.
“And I’m telling you right now, we as Americans on most of the core issues, on so many of them, we actually agree. Gun owners and non-gun owners agree we need to have universal background checks and close so many of those loopholes. And the NRA does not represent their membership because their membership agrees with closing those loopholes.”
Actually, according to the latest PBS NewsHour/NPR/ Marist poll, support among all for “stricter laws on gun sales” has dropped by 20 percent since last year.
The week after a mass shooting killed 17 at a high school in #Parkland, FL, 71 percent of Americans said they wanted stricter gun sale laws
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) February 14, 2019
“If I’m your president, we’re going to bring the fight to the NRA, who wants to represent corporate gun owners, manufacturers, more than they want to represent the people, because this is what they’re doing to Americans,” Booker continued, spewing more lies.
This lie has been especially popular among gun control advocates. Just year month Parkland survivor David Hogg accused NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch of being beholden to gun manufacturers.
“She is serving the gun manufacturers. She’s not serving the people of the NRA, because the people that are joining the NRA, 99.9 percent of them are amazing people that just want to be safe, responsible gun owners, and I fully can support that,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.”
That was a lie. Later that year far-left gun-control activist Shannon Watts accused Loesch of being “paid to sell guns.” That too was a lie.
This is asinine. The NRA is literally millions of MEMBERS.
You need to learn the difference. https://t.co/51BMYwcq22
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) March 4, 2019
At its core, the NRA is a coalition of millions of gun-owning Americans who collaborate to provide firearm training and also protect the Second Amendment from Democrats like Booker.
Speaking of which, he continued his rant/reply by pulling out the race card.
“Now, I am — I live in Newark, and my mayor is doing a great job in lowering crime, but there are shootings. I think I’m the only person in this race that has shootings on this black,” he said.
He was referencing the block where he grew up, not the upscale block where he currently lives.
“[T]his is very personal to so many of us. Me, because I’m a black man, and black males are 6% of the nation’s population. But they make up the majority of homicide victims in this country.”
True, which is why groups such as Black Guns Matter have formed — to help empower the black community by educating them about their Second Amendment rights and teaching them to defend themselves. But Booker isn’t interested in that. He’s only interested in lying and fear-mongering.
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