Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand told the Washington Examiner that she believes there is a “better approach” to reducing gun violence across the country than another idea pitched by fellow Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker.
Rather than endorse his plan, the New York Senator said: “To end gun violence, I would do three things. I would, No. 1, pass universal background checks, which are commonsense and supported by 70% of America.”
Her second point included cracking down and stopping the trafficking of guns by gangs across state lines. “Because for cities like Newark, N.J., and cities like New York City, the guns are trafficked from out of state into the hands of criminals. And those networks aren’t even a federal crime,” Gillibrand said.
“And third, I would ban the bump stocks, the large magazines, and the military-style assault weapons,” she added.
Her third point echoes sentiments many in the anti-gun lobby have peddled for years, that the more dangerous-looking rifles ought to be banned.
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The New York senator also said she would ensure more support for mental health in an effort to prevent mass shootings.
Booker’s campaign called his plan to end gun violencethe “most sweeping gun violence prevention plan ever put forth by a presidential candidate.”
Gillibrand received an “A” rating from the National Rife Association when she was a congresswoman representing a district in upstate New York, but the NRA downgraded her to a “F” in 2010 after she was appointed senator. She said in February that she was “embarrassed” by the A rating and attributed her shift in opinion to meeting with urban victims of gun violence rather than seeing the issue only through the lens of upstate New York.