VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate John Delaney On Gun Violence
Gun reform has increasingly become the subject of national debate as mass shootings plague schools, places of worship, shopping centers and other public spaces around the United States.
“It’s terrible. I would get behind the kind of gun safety proposals that I think are very much common sense and the American people support,” said Delaney. “I strongly support universal background checks. I strongly support limitations on certain high-powered assault weapons.”
Delaney also said he backs so-called “red flag laws,” which permit American citizens to alert judges if someone in their family has a serious mental illness and is a gun owner. Should said person have made a threat to harm themselves or anyone else, the court could then intervene and take away the firearm in question.
Many gun-related deaths in the United States are also suicide-related, which has prompted several lawmakers and activists to tie the issue of firearms to mental health.
Several 2020 Democratic candidates have stressed the need for universal background checks and for closing loopholes in gun sales, both in person and online. Other lawmakers and gun reform advocates have pushed for safe storage practices and for transfers of firearms within households to be more closely monitored and regulated. There have also been calls for bans on assault weapon accessories like bump stocks.
On Monday, many people took to Twitter to commemorate the four-year anniversary of the shooting at the Emanuel AME Baptist Church in Charleston, South Carolina, where nine people were killed.
Remembering the victims of the shooting at Emanuel AME Church four years ago today. Tragedies like this must stop — we need to fight racism in all forms and pass legislation to prevent gun violence. Now.https://t.co/qQVPb14z9V
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) June 17, 2019
Let’s not forget about the incredible individuals who were stolen from their families in the Charleston shooting, a terrorist attack with the goal of starting a race war.
We need to come together with love and acceptance of all people to end gun violence of all forms.
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) June 17, 2019
Four years ago, a white supremacist killed nine innocent people at Emanuel AME Church. Congress must #HonorThemWithAction and work to end gun violence.
And let’s all recommit to fighting the forces of racism and hate when we see them in our communities. pic.twitter.com/Ja2c01eKXl
— Tom Udall (@SenatorTomUdall) June 17, 2019