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Rahm Emanuel: To Pass Gun Bill, Democrats Need To Focus On Criminals Instead Of Guns; "No Fly, No Buy"

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Sen. Rahm Emanuel told Democrats on ABC's "This Week" roundtable that in order to pass anti-gun violence legislation in the Senate, they must compromise with Republicans. And in order to compromise with Republicans, the focus has to be on criminals, mental health, and preventing those on the "No Fly" list from being armed.

"No Fly, No Buy," Emanuel repeated several times, noting: "The Proud Boys are a domestic terrorist group."


QUESTION: Where does this stand in the president's priority list?

RAHM EMANUEL: It's high. That's how I got to know Joe Biden -- when we passed the Assault Weapons Ban, was responsible for President Clinton doing that, and the Brady Bill, both of those.

There's one thing I would slightly twist, and that's for all of us discussing [the situation]. Back when we passed the Brady Bill and the Assault Weapons Ban, we focused on the criminal, not the gun. Now we're focusing on the gun.

I would go back to terrorism. 'No fly, no buy.' Cannot happen.

Two, you have a domestic violence record, which is 10% of all homicides in America, you're banned from buying a gun.

You have a violent criminal record as a juvenile, you're banned from buying a gun.

You have a mental health issue, and anything on violence on mental health, you can't buy a gun.

If you focus on the criminal piece, not access to the gun.

Republicans then realize it's not about gun access which would have obviously a Second Amendment issue, but the criminal element, which is how Clinton focused on both Brady, with the five-day waiting period for a criminal background check, and the Assault Weapon ban, which was also a gun of choice by gangs...

Republicans are not going to vote for this. You have to get the access. The debate back in the '90s, the last time we passed it, was on the criminal element. That's where the debate should be.

And I want to be clear. Proud Boys are on a domestic terrorist list
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