Los Angeles, UNITED STATES
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg campaigns in Hollywood, Los Angeles
Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana:
Buttigieg announced a plan to require universal background checks, close gun purchasing loopholes and ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and to support "red flag" laws that disarm domestic abusers and other high-risk people like those with serious mental illness.
The plan also would invest $1 billion to prevent and fight violent extremism. It would bolster the FBI's domestic counterterrorism staff, revitalize the Department of Homeland Security's efforts to counter violent extremism, and study whether there is a link between white supremacist groups and gun violence.
"We are the only country in the world with more guns than people. It has not made us safer. We can respect the Second Amendment and not allow it to be a death sentence for thousands of Americans," Buttigieg said at a Democratic candidate forum in Las Vegas shortly after the shooting in El Paso, referring to the constitutional amendment on the right to bear arms. Pictured: Pete Buttigieg campaigns in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, August 27, 2019. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson