ByRyan Saavedra

New York Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand pushed for an assault weapons ban while appearing on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time” with host Chris Cuomo on Thursday after the tragic shooting at a Maryland newspaper where a gunman used a shotgun to kill five people.

“Are you aware of anything on the federal level that is being done actively to deal with the issues that seem to invariably surround these shootings?” Cuomo asked. “We know what the states are doing, but on the federal level, is there anything to give any hope for any kind of momentum?”

Gillibrand responded by praising leftist Parkland activists as she said the Democrats needed to flip both the House and the Senate to be able to do something about gun violence.

“So I actually am optimistic that when we do flip the House, and possibly the Senate, our first vote can be on common-sense gun reform, to actually ban the assault weapons and the large magazines, ban the bump-stocks, have a universal background check system where terrorists can’t get access to weapons, and then have the investments in mental health that have been needed for a very long time,” Gillibrand said.