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Gun control is an important issue to Cory Booker. The Newark N.J., mayor appeared on ABC’s This Week, last week and made a heartfelt argument as to why the debate over gun control is non-existent. “I don’t know if anybody here has seen anybody shot. I have,” Booker said. “I don’t know if anybody here has had to put their hand in somebody’s chest and try to stop the bleeding so somebody doesn’t die, I have.

“What  frustrates me about this debate is it’s a false debate, it’s a false debate. This is a convenient trick to try to divide our country more. Most of us in America, including gun owners, agree on things that would stop the kind of carnage that’s going on in cities all over America. All the shootings in my city, only one that I could find was with a law abiding citizen that’s mentally stable that bought a gun.”

Since the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., President Obama has commissioned the help of Vice President Joe Biden to head a committee aimed at dealing with gun control.

The Connecticut massacre also elicited a response from the National Rifle Association, which believes that arming teachers with guns, will curb the violence in schools. Amid opposition for statements made against banning assaults weapons, NRA chief Wayne LaPierre defended his stance, and responded to the notion that he’s crazy. “If it’s crazy to call for putting police in and securing out schools to protect our children, then call me crazy,” he said on Meet the Press. “I think the American people think it’s crazy not to do it. It’s the one thing that would keep people safe and the NRA is going try to do that.”

This year alone there have been several mass shootings across the nation including in Colorado where a gunman opened fire on a crowd during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises, and at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin which left seven people dead.