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 HickenlooperLeft off debate stage, Bullock all-in on Iowa Yang says he would not run as a third-party candidate The Hill's Morning Report - Hurricane Dorian devastates the Bahamas, creeps along Florida coast 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 BookerOvernight Energy: Top presidential candidates to skip second climate forum | Group sues for info on 'attempts to politicize' NOAA | Trump allows use of oil reserve after Saudi attacks Poll: 33 percent of voters undecided on who won third Democratic debate Jon Bon Jovi: Booker would 'do an amazing job' as president MORE (D-N.J.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisCalifornia poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth Kamala Harris calls for new investigation into Kavanaugh allegations Poll: Biden holds five-point lead over Warren among New York Democrats 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 SwalwellYoung insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight The Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats clash over future of party in heated debate 5 takeaways from fiery Democratic debate 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