On Saturday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduced a sweeping new gun control plan. The goal of the plan is to reduce gun deaths by 80% through a combination of executive action and legislation.
“You’ve got to start with a goal. I haven’t heard anybody else talk about a goal,” Warren stated in an interview with The NPR Politics Podcast. “What I’ve heard them talk about is here’s one thing we’ll do, and one thing we’ll do, and one thing we’ll do, and then we’ll quit.”
Warren shared that the first step toward meeting her goal is immediate administrative action. That action includes a range of ideas such as requiring background checks, investigating the NRA, and revoking licenses for gun dealers who break the law.
She also wants to eliminate the filibuster to pass gun legislation, citing the fact that a majority of Americans support gun restrictions. She also stated that she believes that gun control bills could pass in the Republican-led Senate.
“We’ve gotta have a leader who’s willing to stand up to the gun lobby and say no more. And to take away one of their principle tools, which is the filibuster,” she added.
Warren’s plan goes beyond anything that has been discussed before. She wants stricter background checks and a ban on assault weapons. She also has lined out a plan to create a federal licensing system, limiting the number of firearms a person can buy, raising the age to be able to purchase a gun to 21 and holding gun manufacturers liable.
She also wants to raise taxes for gun manufacturers from 10% to 30% on guns and from 11% to 50% on ammunition.
Warren’s plan also calls for $100 million annual investment into gun violence research. She points out that the frequency of automobile deaths in the United States declined with widespread safety measures, such as seat belts and airbags. With the same approach, she says, her goal of an 80% reduction in gun-related deaths could be achieved.
On Friday, Warren called for Walmart to stop selling guns in wake of a mass shooting that took place at an El Paso, Texas Walmart leaving 22 dead. Fellow Democrats Sen. Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Julian Castro, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also called for the retail giant to stop gun sales.
Warren said that it is important to acknowledge that most Americans want immediate action on gun control and that it is important to keep the pressure on Donald Trump.
“Yeah, the president has a lot of power. Yeah, Mitch McConnell has a lot of power. But I’ll tell you this. People have a lot of power too and they get loud enough they keep pushing, they stay on this in a sustained way, that’s how we get change,” she said.