A member of the Democratic National Committee’s 15-person platform drafting committee said during a public meeting on Wednesday that she does not believe that “anyone should have a gun.”Bonnie Schaefer, a former retail executive and a progressive philanthropist, said that more should be done to combat gun violence in addition to “just keeping the guns out of the hands of mentally ill people and criminals.”
“I really don’t personally think anyone should have a gun,” she said.
“That’s just my own philosophy. Nothing is ever solved when you have a gun in your hand except the worst possible scenario.”
The platform committee, which includes liberal and progressive leaders like former Attorney General Eric Holder, Center for American Progress executive director Neera Tanden, and Cornel West, a theology professor and radical Marxist who is supporting Bernie Sanders for president, met to set the Democratic party’s platform ahead of its July convention.
Schaefer’s ideas on guns came in response to a testimonial from Lucia McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis, who was fatally shot at a Jacksonville, Fla. gas station in Nov. 2012.
McBath was much more measured in her gun control stance.
“We do know that there are a lot of law-abiding gun owners, enthusiasts and owners,” she responded to Schaefer’s comments. “We do have to enact common-sense gun measures that do not infringe on individuals’ Second Amendment rights.”