Buttigieg releases $1B plan to address mass shooting 'national security crisis'

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegDemocratic lawmakers call for expanding, enshrining LGBTQ rights Democrats debate Biden effort to expand map against Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems, GOP dig in on police reform ahead of House vote MORE (D) released a plan to combat domestic terrorism on Monday that would invest $1 billion to combat and prevent extremism and radicalization in the U.S.

Buttigieg, who is running for president, would put more resources toward law enforcement, including increasing the FBI’s domestic counterterrorism field staff and training law enforcement about the connection between gender-based violence and domestic terrorism.


The plan would also devote more resources toward tracking hate groups across the U.S. 
The legislation would also enforce universal background checks on gun sales, ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and establishing a country-wide gun licensing system.  

The presidential candidate's campaign said the public would need to be mobilized to put pressure on the Senate to pass gun control measures, in addition to ending the Senate filibuster "as we know it." 

Because of the filibuster, it now takes 60 votes to pass legislation by overcoming procedural hurdles that can be put in place by the minority. 

Buttigieg is releasing his plan days after 31 people were killed in two mass shootings over the weekend.

The killings have sparked a familiar discussion of measures to curb gun violence, though previous incidents, from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut to the nation's largest mass shooting at a country music concert in Las Vegas, have resulted in little action.

President Tump on Monday suggested linking stricter background checks on gun buyers to immigration reform legislation, but in a later speech also targeted a number of other possibilities, including tackling violent video games.

Democrats have called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPublic awareness campaigns will protect the public during COVID-19 Democrats: A moment in history, use it wisely 'Comrade' Trump gets 'endorsement' from Putin in new mock ad by Lincoln Project MORE (R-Ky.) to reconvene the upper chamber over the August recess to take action on gun control. 

McConnell announced on Monday that he tapped three Republican committee chairmen, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamHillicon Valley: Senate panel advances bill targeting online child sexual abuse | Trump administration awards tech group contract to build 'virtual' wall | Advocacy groups urge Congress to ban facial recognition technologies Senate panel advances bill targeting online child sexual abuse The Hill's Campaign Report: The political heavyweights in Tuesday's primary fights MORE (R-S.C.), Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Watchdog accuses Commerce of holding up 'Sharpiegate' report | Climate change erases millennia of cooling: study | Senate nixes proposal limiting Energy Department's control on nuclear agency budget Senate nixes proposal limiting Energy Department's control on nuclear agency budget Doug Jones cuts pro-mask campaign ad: 'Our health depends on each other' MORE (R-Tenn.) and Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerBottom line GOP rallies around Trump after firing of Manhattan US attorney Bipartisan bill introduced to provide 0B in relief for restaurants MORE (R-Miss.), to brainstorm potential solutions.