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Andrew Yang Cries Over a Mom's Grief

Candidate leaves town hall stage to hug woman who lost child to stray bullet
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2019 7:41 AM CDT
Andrew Yang speaks and answers questions from the audience during a town hall, Sunday, April 28, 2019, at Franklin Junior High in Des Moines, Iowa.   (Kelsey Kremer/The Des Moines Register via AP)

(Newser) – A question from a grieving mom at an Iowa town hall brought Democratic hopeful Andrew Yang to tears on Saturday. As CNN reports, Yang took a question from a woman identified only as Stephanie who had lost a child to a stray bullet, who asked him, "as president, how would you address unintentional shootings by children?" Yang left the stage to give her a hug, and got choked up on his return, saying, "I have a 6- and 3-year-old boy, and I was imagining..." Yang fought with tears for a few moments, then said, "I was imagining it was one of them that got shot and the other saw." He again broke down, saying, "I'm so sorry." But Yang had some policy to add to his emotions: "If we can convince Americans that personalized guns are a good idea then again, if the child gets ahold of the gun then they can't do anything with it, then it just becomes a very heavy, expensive prop." (Read more Andrew Yang stories.)

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