Sen. Cory Booker has promised to “bring a fight” to the National Rifle Association if he’s elected president in 2020.

Speaking during a CNN town hall Wednesday night, the New Jersey Democrat told a mother who said she’s afraid to send her daughter to school for fear of mass shooters that he plans to take on the gun lobby and crack down on gun purchases.

“It is so horrific that in America, we have in the aggregate a mass shooting every day because dozens of people are shot and killed,” Mr. Booker said. “I am frustrated with politicians who all the best they can muster is to give thoughts and prayers. Enough of that. Enough of that.”

Mr. Booker said he supports tightening restrictions on gun purchases in the country, including universal background checks and closing loopholes on private sales.

“I’m a black man and black males are 6 percent of the nation’s population, but they make up the majority of homicide victims in this country,” he said. “I am tired of going to funerals where parents are burying their children.

“I am going to bring a fight — we are going to bring a fight like the NRA has never seen if they’re going to defend corporate gun manufacturers more than represent the people,” he said. “We are going to bring that fight on every level necessary. I’m a guy that’s taken on tough fights before and won them, and this is one that we are going to win together.”

NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch responded to Mr. Booker’s comments in a pair of tweets Thursday morning, claiming that “not a word” he said was true.

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