A Florida Congressional candidate, Kristen Rosen Gonzalez called out gunmen seeking a rush of testosterone and Democrat Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in an interview with Kasie Hunt on MSNBC’s Kasie DC show.
The incumbent, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is retiring from her seat representing the district in Southeast Miami-Dade County. She was the first Cuban American elected to Congress and is moving on after serving more than 35 years in elected office.
“I’ve served under all kinds of different dynamics in all these years that I’ve been in office here,” said Ros-Lehtinen, who was first elected to Congress in 1989 after seven years in the Florida Legislature. “Though I don’t agree with many, if not most, positions of President Trump.”
Seven Democrats are planning to run for the vacated seat, two of whom are women. Miami Beach City Commissioner, Kristen Rosen Gonzalez appeared to discuss her bid in a series about the many women running for higher office.
Hunt began with the topic of the mass school shooting that took 17 lives Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
When asked about the shootings, Gonzalez noted how close to home it was for her:
“The next morning I work up and I thought, ‘Wow. Not only are my children feeling unsafe. I’m feeling unsafe for the first time sending my kids to school. This one just hits so close to home,” said Gonzalez.
She noted that it’s too easy to obtain the assault weapons and that the weapons give the mostly male shooters a disturbing rush:
“These weapons are readily available, and you know what, most of these shooters are men and they get this spike in testosterone, some emotional reaction. They cannot have availability – not to guns –not to these bullets. We have to make it harder,” said Gonzalez.
Part of the solution Gonzalez proposes is a $2 per bullet excise tax on the bullets used in assault weapons. The money could be used to protect schools.
“The NRA is partially right. Guns don’t kill people. Bullets do. Until we can enact effective gun control, making bullet purchasers fund the cost of cleaning up the gun mess and protecting our children may be our most effective option,” she said in a news release.
She has also commented about the NRA on Twitter:
Why are we the only advanced industrialized country with this horrible gun problem? Can you tell me another advanced country where thousands of people are killed every year by guns? The NRA should be ashamed. #BanAssaultWeapons #GunLaws #GunLawsNOW #GunReformNow #GunControl
— KristenRosenGonzalez (@rosengonzalez) February 19, 2018
After discussing her own personal experience coming forward about a politician who “Harvey Weinsteined” her, Kasie Hunt wanted to know:
“If you are elected, will your support Nanci Pelosi as the Democratic leader in the House?” asked Hunt.
“Nanci Pelosi and I have very different ways of looking at politics,” said Gonzalez. “You know, there’s this large political/ industrial machine in Washington, and our campaign is very local. We’re hiring local people.”
Gonzalez says a lot of what she does runs contrary to the politics on display from the “D triple-C,” or Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that organizes races, raises funds, and recruits candidates.
“While I do think that Nanci Pelosi has done some very brave acts, and I think she’s a great representative for the Democratic party, I think it’s time we move forward and start electing people who are working right now and have energy and approach politics with more rational, compassionate, empathetic politics.
Although complimentary of Pelosi, Gonzalez sets herself apart in her personal approach to how campaigns should be run.
“I just don’t ascribe to the fact that politics is only about money, raising money from special interests. That’s why we’re having the problem with the NRA,” said Gonzalez.
A big part of the strategy from the GOP has to brand Democrats as puppets for the liberal “Nancy Pelosi agenda.” We’ll see if Gonzalez’s approach to distance herself from Pelosi and taking a firm stance against the NRA will carry her to victory in the upcoming election.
See the interview below:
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