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Sunny Hostin: 'I feel like a hostage' to assault rifle owners

"The View" co-host Sunny HostinSunny HostinCNN and MSNBC legal analyst Midwin Charles dead at 47 Meghan McCain hits back at critics of comments decrying 'identity politics' Sunny Hostin: 'I feel like a hostage' to assault rifle owners MORE said she feels "like a hostage" to Americans who own assault rifles while arguing resistance to reform measures from gun rights activists is unpatriotic. 

"I don't think we can any longer equate freedom with the unfettered right to own assault rifles," Hostin said on the ABC show Tuesday. "That is not freedom. Because I feel like a hostage right now. I feel like a hostage to the selfish people who insist on owning these types of weapons. That is not freedom in the country." 

Addressing Americans who own assault rifles, she said: "You are not a patriot because you feel you have the right to own these types of weapons. You should be taking care of your fellow Americans." 

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Since a mass shooting in Boulder, Colo., on Monday, lawmakers and activists have renewed calls for Congress to pass meaningful gun reform legislation, an idea Republicans have largely dismissed. 

On Tuesday, President BidenJoe BidenCornyn, Sinema to introduce bill aimed at addressing border surge Harris to travel to Northern Triangle region in June Biden expected to formally recognize Armenian Genocide: report MORE again called on Congress to pass an assault weapons ban. 

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“I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take commonsense steps that will save lives in the future and to urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act,” Biden said. “We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country once again. I got that done when I was a senator. ... We should do it again.”

The Boulder shooter reportedly used a Ruger AR-556 pistol he had bought less than a week earlier. The weapon would have been covered by a city ban on assault weapons in passed in 2018, according to news coverage in Colorado, but the measure was struck down by a local court 10 days before Monday's shooting. 

Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerOn The Money: Yellen touts 'whole-of-economy' plan to fight climate change | Senate GOP adopts symbolic earmark ban, digs in on debt limit Hillicon Valley: Tech companies duke it out at Senate hearing | Seven House Republicans vow to reject donations from Big Tech Lawmakers reintroduce bill to invest billions to compete with China in tech MORE (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday promised his caucus would create a plan for addressing gun violence in the wake of the Boulder shooting and a string of mass shootings in the Atlanta area a week earlier. 

“I’m going to sit down with Murphy and others and we’re going to figure out the best path forward," Schumer said. "We will put these bills on the floor. I’ve said that and it will happen." 

Republicans Sens. like Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzChauvin likely to face uphill battle in expected appeal Senate GOP keeps symbolic earmark ban Senate confirms Gupta nomination in tight vote MORE (R-Texas) and John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) have dismissed calls for gun reform measures and accused Democrats of "political theatre." 

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“What happens in this committee after every mass shooting is Democrats propose taking away guns from law-abiding citizens, because that’s their political objective,” Cruz said

"I don't believe we have a gun control problem in America," added Kennedy. "I believe we have an idiot control problem."

Hostin, who previously worked as a federal prosecutor, called rhetoric from Republicans like Rep. Lauren Boebert (Colo.), who this week began a fundraising campaign based on defending gun rights, "despicable." 

"That is not about the constitution. That is not about the second amendment," she said. "That's not freedom. It's not what freedom is."