Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams wants to set the record straight. She's not against the 2nd Amendment; she believes in responsible gun ownership and supports regulation of firearms.
According to ABC News, Abrams worked to clear up any misconceptions about her position on guns when she appeared on The View Tuesday. Co-host Meghan McCain asked the candidate a series of questions about firearms, including banning the AR-15, a popular assault rifle used in many mass killings.
“I’m not anti-gun," Abrams said. "My great-grandmother taught me how to shoot when I was growing up in Mississippi. ... I don’t hunt because I mostly eat chicken, and that seems mean.”
McCain asked whether Abrams would support an AR-15 ban, noting that the weapon is the "most popular rifle in America."
“Most responsible gun owners understand that they have the responsibility for the firearms and making sure that only responsible people have those firearms," Abrams said. "That's why I believe in a background check. I believe in a three-day waiting period. I believe that those who commit domestic violence and stalking should not have access to weapons. I do not believe that weapons of mass destruction like the AR-15 belong in civilian hands."
Abrams even cited conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia noting, “It is possible to believe in responsible gun ownership and to believe that there should be regulations on that.”
Abrams also spoke out about allegations of voter suppression by her rival for the governor's mansion, Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Kemp has been accused of using his power as secretary of state to keep minorities from voting.
“The best way to win is to overwhelm the system with our democracy,” Abrams said. “I don’t question [Kemp's] heart; I do question the results. We know he has disproportionately purged voters of color, stopped voters of color, arrested voters of color. Regardless of his intent, the result is that racial bias has been injected into our system, and that undermines confidence.”
In a new FOX Atlanta poll, Abrams has a slight lead on Kemp, 48.1 percent to 47.2 percent.
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