Watch: Andrew Yang broke down when discussing his children and gun violence

On Sunday, at the Everytown for Gun Safety event in Des Moines Iowa, candidate Andrew Yang was asked a question by Stephanie Pizzoferrato.

“My beautiful 4-year-old daughter Dayla was struck by a stray bullet, March 2011,” she said. “My son―my daughter’s twin brother―witnessed what happened that day. She died two days later.”

Yang responded by asking whether it was OK for him to give her a hug. He then returned to the stage and began speaking about his own family.

“I have a 6- and 3-year-old boy, and I was imagining,” Yang said as he placed his hand over his face and broke down in tears.

“I was imagining it was one of them that got shot and the other saw it.”

He then broke down in tears again. “I’m so sorry,” he said.

“The biggest downside of running for president for me has been that I don’t get to see my family very much, so I get pictures,” Yang added. “That scene that you described, I’m sorry, it’s very, very affecting.”

He said one strong option would be to have “personalized” guns that prevent anybody but the owner from firing the weapon. “If we can convince Americans that personalized guns are a good idea then … if the child gets ahold of the gun then they can’t do anything with it,” he said.

“One of my proposals is to actually help gun owners upgrade their guns to personalized guns free of charge.”

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