The facts show that more than 150,000 students – in at least 170 schools – have experienced a shooting on campus since the Columbine High School massacre. Ninety-one percent of children under the age of 15 who have lost their lives to a bullet lived right here in the United States. Not all wounds are visible. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder affects up to 70 percent of the kids who witness these attacks. We must do better for our children and for ourselves.
I support Second Amendment rights, and I recognize the need for common sense gun legislation. I strongly support gun reform. As your representative, I am committed to working toward:
● Reinstating the ban on semi-automatic assault weapons: Weapons that were made for the military don’t belong in the hands of private citizens. Law enforcement and military leaders agree. After the Parkland shooting, three-fourths of Americans are in favor of banning assault-style weapons.
● Banning bump stocks: Bump fire stocks make it easier for a shooter to fire rounds in rapid succession. More than eight in 10 Americans supports banning these dangerous devices.
● Strengthening background checks and closing current loopholes: We need to ensure that background checks are performed for each and every person purchasing a gun, whether they purchase the firearm at a retail store, online, or person-to-person at a gun show. We must strengthen background checks by closing the three-day loophole that allows automatic approval of a permit within three days.
● Raising the age for purchase: While the county is waiting for Congress to take action, at least four major retailers have stepped up to do what our representatives will not. They have recognized that it makes no sense for it to be harder to buy a beer than a gun. We must raise the age for purchase to 21 years nationally.
● Exploring licensing for gun ownership: If our driver’s licenses must be renewed, so should our gun licenses. We need to reevaluate our requirements for gun licensing. We must stop proposals for concealed carry reciprocity across our country, which have a profound impact on state public safety. Our state’s gun laws must be respected.
● Supporting, increasing, and enhancing services for mental health: While healthcare access is being rolled back by the current administration, the need for increased and enhanced mental health services is clear. We must take a multi-factor approach in our efforts to reducing violence. Supporting access to mental health care is necessary to that process.
Tackling gun violence will take all of us working together – Republicans and Democrats alike – to find innovative and effective solutions to this complex problem. Let’s start with common sense and build from there.