Moulton: I'll do 'whatever I can' to address gun violence
September 7, 2020
Rep. Seth MoultonSeth MoultonEx-CBO director calls for more than trillion in coronavirus stimulus spending Overnight Defense: Trump’s move to use military in US sparks backlash | Defense officials take heat | Air Force head calls Floyd’s death ‘a national tragedy’ Democrats blast Trump’s use of military against protests MORE (D-Mass.) on Sunday used the example of his own military experience while pledging to do “whatever” he can to address gun violence if elected president.
“I carried two grenades on my chest every single day I was in Iraq. I never blew myself up. I was very safe. I would feel comfortable having two grenades on me tonight,” the 2020 presidential hopeful said during a CNN town hall. “But would you feel comfortable? No. So we’ve decided as a society that we’re not going to allow people to walk around with grenades.”
Moulton an Iraq War veteran, continued, “Weapons of war have no place on our streets or in our schools.”
“And whether it’s declaring a national emergency or pursuing executive action, I will do whatever I can to actually make progress on this gun violence plague in America,” he added.
CNN host Victor Blackwell pressed Moulton on how his administration would anticipate the shooting that left 12 dead in Virginia Beach on Friday.
“Well, we should not have high capacity magazines,” Moulton said. “We should not have suppressors. You don’t need a suppressor. That’s something, you know, assassins need to use. We shouldn’t have that here at home. And I don’t know all the details of this particular incident, but the fact that he was able to purchase the guns legally makes me say maybe we got some problems with our gun laws.”