Beto O'Rourke Calls for National Gun Registry, Licenses and Mandatory Buyback of Assault-style Weapons

WASHINGTON - On Friday, Beto O'Rourke issued a plan to combat hate, white nationalism and of gun violence -- calling for a federal gun database and a mandatory federal buyback of assault-style guns.The plan also embraces gun licensing, an idea he initially resisted. In May, after Sen. Cory Booker called for licensing, the Texan said that requiring a license for every gun and owner "may be too far."The former three term congressman put his presidential campaign on hold after a gunman who had railed against a Hispanic "invasion" drove from Dallas to El Paso and murdered 22 people at a bustling Walmart, later telling police he had targeted "Mexicans" -- though all but nine of the victims were actually Americans.O'Rourke relaunched his campaign on Thursday, vowing to put a tight focus on hate, gun violence, and President Donald Trump, whom he blames for stoking white nationalism and violence with his anti-immigrant rhetoric.To "end the culture of hate and violence in America," O'Rourke said in his plan, he:● Called on social media companies to crack down on hateful activities on their platforms, and proposed a change in federal law to end immunity from lawsuits for large social media platforms and domain name providers that fail to ban hateful activities.● Vowed to use presidential authority to crack down on white supremacy, racism and domestic terrorism by creating dedicated domestic terrorism offices within DHS, DOJ and the FBI.  Continue reading...

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