Democrats Embrace Gun Control On Debate Stage; Researchers Question Policies' Impact

  • NPR | by: Lisa Hagen , Chris Haxel and Brett Neelyin |
  • 08/02/2019 12:00 AM
During the first night of the second Democratic presidential debate, the question of how to reduce gun violence emerged as one issue on which the sometimes-splintered Democratic Party speaks with as close to one voice as it can.

"As your president, I will not fold," vowed Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., before rattling off her list of proposals, which included background checks, an assault weapons ban and "something" about magazines.

"We can talk about these policies, but we already know the policies," said South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, after listing a similar set of policies.

Candidate after candidate repeated a list of proposals they would try to enact if they become president: universal background checks, a so-called assault weapons ban, restrictions on magazine capacity, and laws to prevent those with history of mental illness or domestic violence from buying guns.

But researchers who study gun violence question how effective some of the Democrats' proposals would actually be if turned into law.

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