Inslee releases 10-point plan to address gun violence fueled by white nationalism

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s presidential campaign released a plan Tuesday aimed at preventing white nationalist gun violence. The plan comes on the heels of two mass shootings that claimed the lives of at least 31 innocent people over the weekend in El Paso and Dayton, one of which was fueled by racism.

“No one in America should ever live in fear because of the color of their skin, where they are born, or who they love,” Inslee said in a statement. “Donald Trump has built a culture of fear in the United States by emboldening white nationalists and allowing weapons of war in our communities. The white nationalist in the White House has added fuel to the fire of hate and given acceptance and appreciation to extremist groups.”

Inslee’s plan would reinstate and expand federal funding for de-radicalization programs, intervention grants and investigative resources. The plan calls for the dedication of federal law enforcement resources to investigate white nationalist activity. Inslee is also looking to create systems to identify and track white nationalists across the country and abroad.

“Commonsense gun violence prevention measures are also an essential part of preventing white nationalist extremists from inflicting violence against the targets of their hate,” Inslee went on to say in the statement released by his campaign.

The plan also calls for a national ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, like the ones used in the shooting in Dayton over the weekend.

“Gun violence is not the only tool available to white nationalists, and hate-inspired mass shootings are not the only gun violence challenge our country faces,” Inslee said. “But in this unique moment in American history, our country requires a president who will meet this challenge head-on with a strategy that unrelentingly confronts this vile ideology.”

If elected, Inslee said he will advance an Extreme Risk Protection Order law, which would allow police and family members to petition for firearms to be removed from people threatening to harm themselves or others. Inslee also proposes Congress add misdemeanor hate crimes to the list of federal prohibiting factors that prevent someone from buying or possessing a firearm.

Inslee’s plan also looks to notify state law enforcement when a person “lies and tries” to buy a firearm but is blocked by the federal background check system.

In the statement, he points to the 2015 mass shooting in Charleston, S.C., which was orchestrated by white supremacist Dylann Roof, who was allowed to obtain a firearm due to a current federal law which gives the F.B.I. three business days to complete a background check. If a licensed firearm dealer does not get word that the purchaser is blocked from having a gun, the decision then falls on the dealer.

“This procedural gap, which has become known as the ‘Charleston loophole,’ made possible the massacre of nine parishioners at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina – and has made it possible for thousands of other prohibited purchasers to obtain firearms,” Inslee said. “The House has passed legislation to address the Charleston loophole by expanding this period to ten days, yet the Senate has failed to act.”

Inslee plans to overhaul The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms’ (ATF) database system, as well as ban untraceable firearms created from 3D printers, which Inslee restricted in Washington state this legislative session.

“Combatting white nationalist violence starts with a president who is willing to call out racism and put the tools of the federal government to work in tracking the scourge of extremist violence,” Inslee said. “America needs a cohesive approach to address the interrelated epidemics of white nationalism and gun violence – and that starts with presidential leadership.”

To read Inslee’s full statement and plan, click here.