Presidential candidates have been weighing in on the prospect of changing the nation’s gun laws following a deadly shooting in the Midland-Odessa area over the weekend.
Over the weekend, candidates from across the spectrum weighed in on the issue of gun legislation, with Democratic candidates pledging to tighten the nation’s gun laws. Texan Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat, called for a mandatory buyback of assault weapons, echoing statements already made by some candidates. A number of other candidates, including New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and California Sen. Kamala Harris, called for the use of “executive action” to reduce gun violence, while Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vice President Joe Biden were among the Democrats pledging to sign new gun control legislation.
Meanwhile, on the Republican primary side, Trump primary challenger Bill Weld called mass shootings “an urgent and devastating epidemic to which our elected officials can no longer turn a blind eye.”