Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is an oft-forgotten Democratic presidential candidate, but that hasn’t stopped him from blazing the campaign trail and fighting for tougher gun restrictions. In a recent campaign announcement, O’Malley voiced his support for increasing the minimum age for handgun ownership and possession to 21, The Hill reported.
“Week after week, more images of horrific gun violence flash across our TV and computer screens,” he said in a statement.
“These tragedies aren’t isolated incidents; they are part of a full-blown — and entirely preventable — epidemic.”
He added: “We cannot afford to sit by and let this heartbreak become the norm… As a nation, it is time for sensible gun safety laws that save lives.”
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O’Malley hopes to cut the number of gun violence incidents, which include suicides, homicides and accidents, in half by 2025.
According to The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, gun-related deaths are the second most common cause of child and teen deaths, topped only by incidents involving vehicles.
In addition to raising the age for gun ownership, O’Malley proposed expanding background check for every gun sale, private or otherwise, strengthening background checks, implementing the responsible storage of guns at home and closing legal loopholes that may put guns into the hands of those who may target women in particular.