Aug 11, 2019

Yang moved to tears by gun violence story as he outlines prevention plan

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang broke down Saturday at a forum in Des Moines, Iowa, hosted by Everytown for Gun Safety, as he discussed gun violence with a woman whose 4-year-old daughter was killed by a stray bullet.

Details: The woman said the girl's twin saw the incident. "She died 2 days later,” the woman said. "As president, how would you address unintentional shootings by children?" After composing himself, Yang outlined his policy for personalized guns, which include safety features to prevent unauthorized use. "One of my proposals is to actually help gun owners upgrade their guns to personalized guns free of charge," he said.

The big picture: A June Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health study of 1,444 gun owners surveyed found 4 in 5 support the sale of both traditional and personalized guns through licensed dealers. Only 18 percent of gun owners reported being likely to buy a personalized gun for themselves when considering the additional costs.

  • Yang told the forum, "If we can convince Americans that personalized guns are a good idea then again, if the child gets ahold of the gun, then they can't do anything with it. Then it just becomes a very heavy, expensive prop."

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Beto O'Rourke brings gun control campaign to gun show

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke in his hometown of El Paso Thursday. Photo: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke visited a gun show in Arkansas Saturday to talk with firearm owners and vendors about his plan to stop gun violence.

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Keep ReadingArrowAug 18, 2019

Where 2020 Democrats stand on gun control

Warren and Biden on the debate stage on Jan. 14. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduced a new gun reform bill on Thursday with Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) that calls for raising the minimum age for all gun purchases to 21 and increasing the excise tax on gun sales to 30% and ammunition sales to 50%.

The big picture: 2019's mass shootings in El Paso, Texas; Dayton, Ohio; Virginia Beach; and near Odessa, Texas, have pushed 2020 Democrats to take harder stances on gun control than in the last presidential election, when Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton only briefly addressed the issue in their primary debate.

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March for Our Lives launches gun control plan to spur 2020 youth vote

David Hogg speaks onstage at March For Our Lives in 2018. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for March For Our Lives

March for Our Lives, started by student activists who survived the 2018 mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., launched a massive gun control plan Wednesday aimed at kicking off a youth voting surge in 2020.

Why it matters: It was the influential group's first public action since the recent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton.

Go deeperArrowAug 21, 2019