Cory Booker Struggles to Explain How Any of His Gun Policies Would Have Prevented Virginia Beach Shooting

Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) struggled to explain how his plan to expand gun control would have prevented the latest horrific mass shooting in Virginia Beach.

On Friday, 12 people were murdered by a gunman in a Virginia Beach municipal building. According to authorities, the killer used a .45-caliber pistol with a “sound suppressor” device and “extended” ammunition magazines. A federal agent reported that the gunman purchased his weapon legally.

As IJR previously reported, Booker has a plan to overhaul gun laws in the country by requiring a license to own a gun and a ban on “military-style” weapons and “high capacity magazines.”

Booker took to Twitter after the shooting to claim that he would work to pass these gun control laws to prevent similar shootings from happening in the future.

During an interview on “State of the Union” on Sunday, host Jake Tapper pushed back on Booker’s claim that any of his proposed laws could have prevented this shooting.

“How would your plan have stopped this tragedy, if at all?” Tapper asked.

Booker explained that his plan is “bold” and “evidence-based,” but failed to tie it to the shooting in Virginia Beach.

Watch Booker’s answer:

“This idea that we are helpless to stop this, the evidence points differently. We know that everything like licensing like Connecticut dropped gun violence in their state by 40%, suicides by 15%. We know there are communities like Oakland that did things, by treating gun violence like a public health problem and investing in communities and empowering them, they were able to lower gun violence. I have a comprehensive plan that people say is bold. But I’ll tell you what, it’s not bold. It’s common sense evidence-based things we can do to lower gun violence.”

Tapper cut Booker off and asked, “I’m sorry to interrupt, but you keep saying we’re not helpless. So I’m saying: What would have prevented this tragedy? I mean, I think that’s one of the issues that people wonder about when there are these horrible tragedies. What steps specifically would have stopped the massacre in Virginia Beach?”

Booker struggled to answer Tapper, instead opting to bash the “corporate gun lobby” and noting that his policies could cut gun violence overall.

Tapper gave up on trying to get Booker to explain how his policy could have stopped the Virginia Beach shooting, telling the senator, “I hear you not talking about this specific massacre, but talking about gun violence in general.”

As IJR previously reported, Booker is one of several 2020 Democrats proposing additions to gun control laws in the U.S.

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Thomas Cole
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If Joe Biden would have offered the exact same “solution” would Jake Tapper had even asked the question? I think this is an important question because, the media picks the leftist candidate. I ask this question because Hillary Clinton was given a pass in the last election when she didn’t do any interviews while Bernie ‘wack job’ Sanders had to answer the hard (hard for a leftist) questions at every turn. We should not stand for this. We should demand that every democrat be asked this exact same question.

Tess
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Booker is a buffoon who hasn’t a clue.

Danny Elmore
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Danny Elmore

Blah blah blah….just lip service…there has never been a mass shooting by an NRA member….it’s the people who want to die, but instead of taking their own lives feel they want some noteriety so they take alot of innocent bystanders with them.

Jill
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When the gun subject is discussed, there is lots of discussion about bad guns and more laws. Who makes the guns and makes the laws? People! The missing piece in this discussion is the overwhelming fact that in the 70’s there was great talk about behavioral sinks, when population becomes so dense that violence is the norm. Why do we put up with the ever larger and closer buildings, less open land, and more violence just taken as normal? In Japan they are definitely packed in higher and tighter, but they have a stronger moral code. Japan is very safe.… Read more »

Kevin Jackson
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Kevin Jackson

He wants us to be just like Venezuela, defenceless against a failed government.

Ronald Nelson
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Ronald Nelson

Cory Booker is a socialist demogag and has no credibiity … he and his paty have ruined Newark, NJ and now he wants to ruin the United States. This man is not fit for public office.

Dan
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Perhaps he should make a movie about how his gun control could have stopped all the massacres and attempted genocide throughout history and how there could be no more mass murders in the future without guns. I’d be interested in watching such a movie or reading a story about how peaceful everyone’s life would be. Perhaps we should start a class-action suit against the Chinese for the creation of gun-powder. ( Alfred Nobel’s Dynamite in no way contributed to the evolution of guns, para-military rifles, machine guns, gas chambers, poison, chemical contaminants or hate. Hate? Mental aborations? I may have… Read more »

Walter Swartz
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Walter Swartz

I ask, Which of the 21,428 laws currently on the books would have prevented this from happening? ZERO. In fact, the more restrictive legislation is enacted, the easier it is to commit violent acts such as this. It is factual that school shootings alone sharply increased in the early 90’s…

“gun free school zones” does NOT WORK. This law essentially allowed the criminal mind a safe haven to commit mass murder for an extended period of time.

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