Warren has released a long list of policy plans in her seven months as a presidential candidate, but Saturday’s proposal is her first on the subject of gun violence in America, prepared by her campaign in the wake of last week’s deadly shootings in El Paso and Dayton and ahead of a forum organized here this weekend by the gun control group, Everytown for Gun Safety.
“In 2017, almost 40,000 people died from guns in the United States,” the Massachusetts senator wrote in a Medium post outlining the plan. “My goal as president, and our goal as a society, will be to reduce that number by 80%. We might not know how to get all the way there yet. But we’ll start by implementing solutions that we believe will work.”
Much of what Warren’s proposing has already been put forward by other candidates. Sen. Cory Booker’s plan, released in early May, is centered around a federal licensing program for gun owners; Sen. Kamala Harris’ plan, released in late April, proposes going around Congress through executive action on things like closing the “boyfriend” loophole that lets people who commit domestic violence buy or own guns if they are not married to their partner.