Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez offers four-point plan to help counter gun killings in the US
The freshman representative says she wants more leadership on gun legislation in the wake of the mass shooting in New Zealand and in response to continued similar shootings in America
Following the deadly Christchurch, New Zealand, shootings, Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shared a four-point plan that she believes offers a solution to the repeated gun massacres in the United States.
On Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to criticize an active shooter training drill at an Indiana school that resulted in teachers getting injured from taking on pellet shots that formed welts and abrasions on their bodies, Newsweek reports.
On Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to criticize an active shooter training drill at an Indiana school that resulted in teachers getting injured from taking on pellet shots that formed welts and abrasions on their bodies.
You know, instead of training children, teachers, houses of faith, & concertgoers to prep for being shot, we could just:
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 22, 2019
“We could just: pass Universal Background checks (#HR8!)…disarm domestic abusers…mandate safe storage” and “ban bump stocks, semiautos, & high cap mags designed to kill people,” she suggested.
Her suggestion of the background checks has already won support among fellow representatives. The Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 (H.R. 8) passed in the House last month.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced earlier this week that the country would ban military-type semi-automatic firearms, assault rifles and high-capacity magazines as a response to the mass shooting, which took 50 lives.
“Sandy Hook happened 6 years ago and we can’t even get the Senate to hold a vote on universal background checks w/ #HR8,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a Tweeted, referring to the House bill, which would require background checks on all gun sales, including private transactions.
“Christchurch happened, and within days New Zealand acted to get weapons of war out of the consumer market. This is what leadership looks like,” she said.