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Where 2020 Democrats stand on gun control

This image is a four way split between Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, and Kirsten Gillibrand
Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Kirsten Gillibrand. Photos: Ethan Miller, Joe Raedle, Hyoung Chang/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post, Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Beto O'Rourke became the latest Democratic presidential contender to release a sweeping gun control plan, complementing his campaign relaunch after the mass shooting in his hometown of El Paso.

The big picture: 2020 Democrats have a bigger stake in gun control than they did in 2016, when Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton only briefly addressed the issue in their primary debate. The pair of mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton in August, which prompted a renewed national conversation about gun control, caused the pressure on the issue to rise.

Bernie Sanders wins Twitter in hyper-engaged debate week

Data: Sprout Social; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios

Bernie Sanders had the highest volume of Twitter mentions in the second round of the Democratic debates last week, and the debates generated 18% more tweets than the first round in June even though the TV audience was much smaller, according to data provided to Axios by Sprout Social.

Why it matters: Compared to the first round, last week's debates were heavier on disagreement and confrontation, allowing voters to see discrepancies in the candidates and how they responded to challenges in real time, a departure from rehearsed stump speeches.