Buttigieg responds to questions on gun control, border issues

NOW: Buttigieg responds to questions on gun control, border issues


MIAMI—South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg responded to questions on gun control and border issues during Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate.

Buttigieg received cheers from the crowd in Miami for his comments on associating religion with border issues in response to President Donald Trump’s handling of immigrants along the border wall.

“We should call out hypocrisy when we see it. So when a party associates itself on Christianity, to say that it is okay and suggest that God would smile on the division of families at the hand of federal agents, that God would condone putting children in cages, has lost all his rights to condone all religious language again," Buttigieg said.

Moderators used Buttigieg’s military experience, something the other candidates on stage do not have, to ask about his stance on gun control.

“As somebody who trained on weapons of war, I can tell you that there are weapons that have absolutely no place in American cities and neighborhoods in peacetime,” Buttigieg said.

Buttigieg left the stage Thursday night with a message for the American people.

“When I get to the current age of the current president in the year 2055, I want to be able to look back on these years and say my generation delivered climate solutions, racial equality and an end to endless war. Help me deliver that generation to Washington before it’s too late,” Buttigieg said.

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