Frank Miniter: Cory Booker knows the truth about gun violence -- but sadly, he can’t say it

Frank Miniter: Cory Booker knows the truth about gun violence — but sadly, he can’t say it

Gun Rights

As he runs for president, Senator Cory Booker, D-N.J., is stumbling over his past positions on guns . This is worth noting because his dilemma is a poignant example of why America really can’t come together behind honest solutions. Last Sunday, CNN host Jake Tapper pushed Booker on his show "State of the Union," to explain what he would do to stop a murderer like the one who struck in Virginia Beach, killing at least 12 people last Friday. “You said yesterday that mass shootings in America ‘cannot just go on in our country.’ And you have unveiled a comprehensive gun-reform plan,” Tapper said. “Now, ATF says that the two weapons used in the attack were handguns, not semiautomatic assault rifles. They say that they were purchased legally. How would your plan have stopped this tragedy, if at all?” ILHAN OMAR SLAMMED FOR BLAMING NRA FOR VIRGINIA SHOOTING THAT LEFT 12 PEOPLE DEAD Booker knew he couldn’t be honest without hurting his chances in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries, so he tried to sidestep the important question with generalities. “This is a tragedy today,” he said, “but you know that every single day in the United States of America, in the aggregate, we have mass shootings that go on in neighborhoods like mine….” Tapper soon said, “I’m sorry to interrupt, but you keep saying, ‘We’re not helpless.’ So, I’m saying: What would have prevented this tragedy?” Booker just continued to evade the question. Part of the reason for […]

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