Progressive activist: NRA doesn't represent all gun owners

Gun control activist Igor Volsky on Wednesday told Hill.TV’s “Rising” that the National Rifle Association (NRA) doesn’t represent all gun-loving Americans, arguing that there is some common ground on issues. 

“Often in D.C. we hear a lot from the NRA and we think that it represents all gun owners but that’s just not the case,” Volsky, who is the executive director of Guns Down America, told hosts Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton.

“They may be the loudest voice in the room but certainly as I’ve been traveling and meeting with gun owners, there’s a lot of common ground we can find, even on things like licensing,” he continued.

Gun control continues to be a top priority for Democrats heading into the 2020 elections.

Just last week, former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn Wright HickenlooperThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump digs in ahead of House vote to condemn tweet Fundraising numbers highlight growing divide in 2020 race 2020 Democrats call Trump's tweets about female Democrats racist MORE (D), who is running for the White House, unveiled a sweeping gun control plan that aims to reduce gun violence through community-based programs and more access to mental health facilities.

The 22-point plan includes implementing a national gun licensing standard that would require gun owners to have their license renewed every five years. It would also mandate that gun owners pass safety and storage training.

“We’ve got to change our culture because, again, one mass shooting a day — that’s not America,” Hickenlooper told CNN host Erin Burnett following the announcement of his plan.

Hickenlooper’s fellow Democratic contenders Sens. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerThe Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment Lawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens Schumer throws support behind bill to study reparations MORE (D-N.J.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris tops Biden in California 2020 poll The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment Democrats fret over Trump cash machine MORE (D-Calif.) have already introduced their own gun control proposals, which would include executive action if Congress doesn’t act. Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellMatt Gaetz hints prosecutor won't press charges against threatening caller for political reasons Fundraising numbers highlight growing divide in 2020 race The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi looks to squash fight with progressives MORE (D-Calif.) has also made reducing violence from firearms a key issue on the campaign trail, saying he would introduce a proposal that would ban all military-style assault weapons.  

— Tess Bonn