On MSNBC’s All In on Tuesday, 2020 White House contender Sen. Cory Booker said that requiring gun owners to be licensed would be a “common-sense restriction” on the Second Amendment.
“When we came out on this, a number of people in the Democratic field took potshots at me calling for licensing,” Booker said. “It is something that works. It is evidence-based. Connecticut did it. Shootings dropped 45%. Suicides dropped 15%. Someone needs a license to drive a car. Shouldn’t you be licensed to own and buy a firearm?”
“We have restrictions on our First Amendment rights. Common-sense restrictions like this, law-abiding citizens have nothing to worry about purchasing a gun. This will dramatically stop the ability for people who want to do horrendous things to get weapons,” he added.
We already have common-sense gun laws. Gun violence stems from gangs, terrorists, criminals, and the mentally ill — none of whom will be deterred by burdensome laws imposed on the law-abiding.