Since she began her quest for the Democratic nomination, Elizabeth Warren has introduced policy ideas that connect with voters. The first of these ideas was a plan that would cancel out student loan debt for a number of Americans.
Now Warren has released a new idea, this one aimed at reducing the deaths caused by gun violence. The Massachusetts Senator wants to raise taxes on guns and ammunition by as much as 80%.
Warren is also proposing a number of other initiatives such as, “universal background checks, federal gun licensing, a one-week waiting period on all gun purchases to limit impulsive violence, a ban on assault weapons and a newly empowered Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.”
The candidate explained her idea in a post on medium.com. She wrote, “We’ll start by implementing solutions that we believe will work. We’ll continue by constantly revisiting and updating those solutions based on new public health research. And we’ll make structural changes to end the ability of corrupt extremists to block our government from defending the lives of our people.”
Democrats have long been frustrated with the inability to push through impactful legislation pertaining to gun control. The power of the National Rifle Association has played in outsize role in blocking gun control laws.
The NRA, though, is undergoing a crisis of it’s own with multiple claims of financial mismanagement. Warren will try to use her new plan to take advantage of the chaos. The senator promised to investigate, ““loopholes … to divert member dues into lavish payments for its board members and senior leadership.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.