Rep. Tim Ryan: 'I Would Never Want to Take Someone's Hunting Rifle From Them'

By Susan Jones | August 12, 2019 | 5:37 AM EDT

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

( - Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, one of many Democrats running for president, advocates stricter gun control, such as longer waiting periods and universal background checks as a "do something" response to recent mass shootings.

In an interview with "Fox News Sunday," Ryan also skirted around gun confiscation:

Look, I take my son hunting at least once a year, our son, and we go duck hunting. In Ohio, we have a huge sportsman's tradition and culture. I appreciate that.

I would never want to take someone's hunting rifle from them. I would never take someone's ability to defend their own home away from them.

This is about getting these weapons of war that were designed to kill a lot of people really quickly. This kid in Dayton, nine people, almost 30 injured in less than 30 seconds. You can't ask for a better response time.

And he had 100 magazine drum, 100-round magazine drum that was in his car. That doesn't belong on the streets of the United States. And I say that as someone who goes hunting. These are two separate conversations.

Host Bill Hemmer noted that universal background checks would not have prevented the most recent mass shooters from acquiring a gun.


"It would prevent a lot," Ryan countered. "It would prevent a lot of gun violence," he insisted.

Universal background checks would require private individuals to undertake background checks through a federally licensed firearms dealer before a gun sale/purchase.

Ryan said the proposal has the support of 90 percent of Americans: "So this is a pretty popular thing. I wish everything inWashington, D.C., had 90 percent support of the American people. This does. It's common sense when you see what happened in Dayton and El Paso, the tragedies, the lives that have been lost and ruined, quite frankly, and the heartbreak. We can do something that 90 percent of American people agree upon."


Ryan also had harsh words for the National Rifle Association:

"The NRA -- their suggestion is we do nothing, we do nothing. We know that mass shootings happen primarily in the United States, at least at this level. There's mental illness in other countries. There's video games in other countries.

"How do we take some modest steps to start getting these guns out of the hands of people?" Ryan asked. "It's not just the mass shootings, it's the day-to-day killings. A hundred a day, 30-some-thousand a year in the United States. Women, 52 a month through domestic violence are victims of gun violence. I mean, this has got to stop.

"And for the NRA to just not even be part of the solution and want to sit down and talk."

NRA CEO and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre issued a statement on Friday, confirming that "the NRA opposes any legislation that unfairly infringes upon the rights of law-abiding citizens.

"The inconvenient truth is this: the proposals being discussed by many would not have prevented the horrific tragedies in El Paso and Dayton. Worse, they would make millions of law abiding Americans less safe and less able to defend themselves and their loved ones," LaPierre said.

"The NRA will work in good faith to pursue real solutions to the epidemic of violence in America. But many proposals are nothing more than ‘soundbite solutions’ – which fail to address the root of the problem, confront criminal behavior, or make our communities safer.”

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