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Cory Booker: ‘I’m Not Afraid Of Law Abiding Gun Owners’ [Video]

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Newark New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker, who plans to run for US Senate, said on ABC yesterday that law-abiding citizens should be able to buy all the guns they want.

The current gun control controversy following the Newtown, Connecticut shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School has led to a “false debate” that is a “convenient trick to divide our country,” Booker insisted on ABC News This Week (See clip below).

The mayor is a strong advocate of background checks for gun purchases to address gun violence and maintains that most Americans, including firearms owners, agree with that approach.

On the ABC roundtable, Booker said in part:

“I’m not afraid of law-abiding citizens who buy a gun,” he said. “Buy the guns you want. What the problem is in America right now is that a terrorist person who is on the no-fly list could go into the secondary market today and buy a weapon.

“Criminals are killing people. Not law-abiding gun owners.”

Booker also added that as mayor, he has personally seen people shot and wounded in his city. “Of all the shootings in my city, only one I can find was done by a law-abiding citizen [who] was mentally stable that bought a gun,” he added.

Booker got into trouble with his fellow Democrats during the 2012 presidential campaign when he criticized Team Obama for attacks on Bain Capital, although he later backpedaled.

Watch Newark Mayor Cory Booker talk about gun violence on ABC:

Do you think Booker’s comments that depart from traditional liberalism are really his actual views about guns, or is he just moderating his views like an ambitious local politician who now is seeking statewide office?

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5 Responses to “Cory Booker: ‘I’m Not Afraid Of Law Abiding Gun Owners’ [Video]”

  1. Brian A. Kirkland

    Cory is off the reservation, again. And judging by the comments, here, he accomplished his goal, which was to appear unthreatening to the conservatives who might vote for him when he runs for the Senate seat, and beyond. He keeps, disingenously, trying to delineate himself as different from others, including the president, as if to say: I'm a different kind of black man. I'm a different kind of Democrat. See? I can agree with Grover Norquist and Asa Hutchinson. And then, there's the record…

    Don't go after guns. Don't inhibit the amount of ammo you can have in your assault rifle. "Buy the guns you want." Interestingly, Booker appears to be directly contradicting the stated position of Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG). MAIG sent a letter, endorsed by Booker, to President Obama, just four (4) days ago, specifically requesting that he “Get high capacity rifles and ammunition magazines off our streets” (http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/media-center/letter_121912.shtml) would have been nice if the "reporter" had pointed that out, would it.
    not?

    Today, Cory’s come out against the assault weapons ban. He's picking a position opposite the president, again, but he’s also abandoning the position he signed onto, four (4 days ago, in the MAIG letter. Booker says 34 people are killed with guns daily. According to some sources, the number is more liked 85 a day (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-21/daily-gun-slaughter-in-u-s-obscured-by-newtown-rampage.html) "The problem”, Booker say, “is that a terrorist person who is on the no-fly list could go into the secondary market today and buy a weapon." Oh. THAT’S who's killing people on the streets of Newark, Chicago, NY and Newtown? Of course!

    If Booker’s intended audience reads the whole transcript (http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/week-transcript-asa-hutchinson-sen-johnny-isakson-sen/story?id=18044867) though, he also talks about feeding the poor, providing unemployment benefits, and sending kids to school instead of prison, which is not conservative orthodoxy. Poor Cory, can he go far enough to the right to be elected in NJ? Booker also, incongruously, prattles on about ”the FBI agents that will be cut that are protecting our borders”, which will be news to the Department of Homeland Security. I call this spaghetti politics: throwing everything against the wall to see what sticks in the minds of the gullible.

    In the same transcript, Grover Norquist, who, in addition to insisting on ending government, in his spare time is a member of the NRA board, says that "the NRA represent a great number of Americans" and that "20% will tell you in polls that they belong to the NRA", even though they only have 4 million members. No one challenges that assertion. Both of these guys are venal and useless.

  2. Brian A. Kirkland

    Cory is off the reservation, again. And judging by the comments, here, he accomplished his goal, which was to appear unthreatening to the conservatives who might vote for him when he runs for the Senate seat, and beyond. He keeps, disingenously, trying to delineate himself as different from others, including the president, as if to say: I'm a different kind of black man. I'm a different kind of Democrat. See? I can agree with Grover Norquist and Asa Hutchinson. And then, there's the record…

    Don't go after guns. Don't inhibit the amount of ammo you can have in your assault rifle. "Buy the guns you want." Interestingly, Booker appears to be directly contradicting the stated position of Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG). MAIG sent a letter, endorsed by Booker, to President Obama, just four (4) days ago, specifically requesting that he “Get high capacity rifles and ammunition magazines off our streets” (http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/media-center/letter_121912.shtml) would have been nice if the "reporter" had pointed that out, would it.
    not?

    Today, Cory’s come out against the assault weapons ban. He's picking a position opposite the president, again, but he’s also abandoning the position he signed onto, four (4 days ago, in the MAIG letter. Booker says 34 people are killed with guns daily. According to some sources, the number is more liked 85 a day (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-21/daily-gun-slaughter-in-u-s-obscured-by-newtown-rampage.html) "The problem”, Booker say, “is that a terrorist person who is on the no-fly list could go into the secondary market today and buy a weapon." Oh. THAT’S who's killing people on the streets of Newark, Chicago, NY and Newtown? Of course!

    If Booker’s intended audience reads the whole transcript (http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/week-transcript-asa-hutchinson-sen-johnny-isakson-sen/story?id=18044867) though, he also talks about feeding the poor, providing unemployment benefits, and sending kids to school instead of prison, which is not conservative orthodoxy. Poor Cory, can he go far enough to the right to be elected in NJ? Booker also, incongruously, prattles on about ”the FBI agents that will be cut that are protecting our borders”, which will be news to the Department of Homeland Security. I call this spaghetti politics: throwing everything against the wall to see what sticks in the minds of the gullible.

    In the same transcript, Grover Norquist, who, in addition to insisting on ending government, in his spare time is a member of the NRA board, says that "the NRA represent a great number of Americans" and that "20% will tell you in polls that they belong to the NRA", even though they only have 4 million members. No one challenges that assertion. Both of these guys are venal and useless.