Democratic Presidential Candidates Call for Real Change After Gilroy Mass Shooting

On Sunday night, three people were killed and at least 15 injured in a mass shooting in Gilroy, Calif. at a garlic festival. The horrifying video shows people running for safety. This is the worst mass shooting since May, according to The Washington Post,  when 12 people were killed in Virginia Beach

Democratic candidates running for president in 2020 have already condemned the shooting and turned to their respective gun control proposals. Sens. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) were among the first to post on Twitter, likely setting up a major topic for this week’s debate.

“We’re still waiting on all the details from Gilroy, but my heart is already breaking for the victims and their families and the survivors. The gun violence epidemic in this country is out of control. Please be safe and take care of one another,” Booker tweeted.

Part of Booker’s gun control proposal includes a national licensing program, which would require people to apply for five-year gun licenses.

“Simply horrific. I’m grateful to the first responders who are on the scene in Gilroy, and my thoughts are with that community tonight,” Harris said on Twitter. “Our country has a gun violence epidemic that we cannot tolerate.”

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Harris has one of the stronger proposals on gun control. She has promised executive action within her first 100 days in office if Congress fails to pass gun legislation, including bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, universal background checks, closing the “boyfriend loophole” to make it more difficult for people convicted of domestic abuse to buy guns, and repealing gun manufacturers’ immunity to lawsuits related to shootings, among other things.

“Heartbreaking news out of Gilroy, California as another community copes with a mass shooting. Thoughts and prayers aren’t enough—we must do more to prevent these tragic attacks,” 2020 hopeful Julián Castro tweeted.


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