Guns and Gun Control
We must take action to stop gun violence in America. Now.
As a political issue gun control is complex: there are many proposals, opinions, and ideas out there for helping turn the tide of gun violence in this country. There’s a lot to talk about.
But in the short term , I want to make you three promises and suggest three principles that should guide our efforts towards reducing gun violence.
I promise you this:
I will never take a dime from the NRA or any gun lobbying organization.
I will do everything I can to pass gun control laws in Congress, and I won’t stand by silently if lawmakers fail to act. If politicians drag their feet—whether Republicans or Democrats—you’ll hear about it from me, and we won’t let them get away with it.
Finally: I will treat gun control legislation as what it is: a matter of life and death. There have been far too many human lives lost because lawmakers failed to act.
Those are my promises to you.
As we go forward and try to get something done, here are three principles that should guide us:
Some people should not be able to buy guns of any kind. A history of violent crime, an active restraining order, a history of mental illness: based on these or other criteria, some people should simply not be able to purchase firearms.
Civilians should not be allowed to own military weapons. We can protect the rights of hunters and sportsmen; semiautomatic assault rifles are not sporting goods. If you want to fire a machine gun, join the military.
No industry should be able to buy politicians. The NRA spends millions of dollars every year to promote the unlimited purchase and use of killing machines like the AR-15. Comprehensive campaign finance reform will get corporate money out of politics and limit the power of lobbyists to write their own laws.
When I am your representative, I will work to bring creative, bold gun control proposals to the floor of the House. But policy aside, these are my starting points.
Mass shootings have become common, and it’s easy to be cynical about making real progress on gun legislation. Tragedy strikes; thoughts and prayers are shared; politicians talk tough and promise action; and nothing happens.
I am here to tell you that I genuinely believe that this time is different. We can make real change on this issue. I ask you to join me in believing, and work with me to make the world a better and safer place.
High quality health care is a basic human right.
The Republican assault on access to health care is a criminal act, aided and abetted by Michael McCaul.
They have attempted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and have placed the continued viability of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in doubt. As your Representative, I will work to ensure that every Texan has access to quality health care. We must preserve and expand Medicare, the Affordable Care Act, CHIP, and other programs that ensure we can all live healthy, productive lives.
Since the founding of our nation, immigrants have enriched our culture, strengthened our economy, and made the United States a better place to live for everyone.
Many of us move; this is a fundamental aspect of life. Republicans like McCaul look at taxpaying, law-abiding, loving and productive members of society and call them criminals, just because they’re trying to build a better life for their families.
Michael McCaul thinks we should “build a wall and make Mexico pay for it.” This ridiculous and malicious idea is a waste of time and money, and will do nothing to improve the lives of Texans.
My commitment will be to ensure a fair immigration system that provides a clear path to legal status for families and individuals who contribute to Texas and this country. I will work to preserve Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and support similar programs that allow families to stay together and pursue the American Dream.
Michael McCaul supports a tax bill that will transfer trillions of dollars to the wealthiest Americans— and millions into his own bank account— from the pockets of teachers, graduate students, home owners, and 13 million people who rely on the Affordable Care Act.
The people behind this terrible legislation—a sloppy, partially hand-written 450-page document— say that if we give massive tax breaks to corporations and CEOs, that money will somehow “trickle down” to the working people, even as most CEOs themselves say they’re more likely to spend that money on investments and stock dividends for their shareholders.
My priority as your representative will be to guarantee a living wage for workers and a tax policy that directly benefits all Texans. I will work to devote government resources to building and restoring essential infrastructure such as dams and bridges - and in the process create quality jobs for Central Texas.
The fight for racial justice is an economic, legal, and moral struggle.
With the election of Donald Trump, racial prejudice, discrimination, and old-fashioned white supremacy are on full display in Republican policies and on our streets.
A small sample of these policies is harrowing: Republicans have restricted minority voting rights, they’re reviving the War on Drugs, they tried to eliminate Obamacare and its assistance for low-income working people, and they demonize immigrants nearly every day.
This cruelty and injustice will not stand. As your representative, I will push for a broad spectrum of reforms to fight racial injustice.
First, I will work for stronger voting rights, strengthening the Voting Rights Act, ending felony disenfranchisement, and making voter registration automatic.
I will work to end the War on Drugs, which continues the legacy of Jim Crow, and stop discrimination in policing, prosecution, and sentencing. I support a clean DREAM Act and a path to citizenship for families who live here. To make our country a fairer place, we must end housing discrimination and invest in education at every level — including offering college for all, regardless of wealth.
Finally, we need to recognize the roles of healthcare and employment in an equitable society. Without access to quality healthcare, you’re living on the edge of disaster, so I support a “Medicare for All” system to guarantee a basic level of care. To actually build minority wealth, we need full employment — I will support infrastructure programs that put Texans to work rebuilding, starting with our flood infrastructure.
The fight against climate change is one of our most important struggles.
Under Trump, U.S. environmental policy is appalling, and Michael McCaul’s support for the administration remains as staunch as ever.
In the past, the Republican have launched devastating assaults on our environment, including: pulling out of the Paris Accord on greenhouse gases, propping up the fossil-fuel industry with rollbacks of Obama-era climate change and pollution policies, and limiting federal funding for science and the environment. The list goes on.
As your representative, I will support efforts to re-join the Paris Accord. We need to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and increase renewable energy production, so I will work ensure that Texas develops reliable mass transit and a thriving clean renewable energy industry.
This shift cannot be allowed to hurt working families, so I will commit to pairing reductions in fossil fuel use with job-training programs to provide a “just transition” to new livelihoods for workers who depend on these industries..
I also support legislatively strengthening and expanding the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and other core environmental laws, while fully funding the Environmental Protection Agency’s enforcement programs.
Public education is the foundation of our democratic system, and public schoolteachers are some of our most essential public servants. We must protect the quality and integrity of the American public school system: our future literally depends on it.
Public education helped to build our democracy, and continues to make our country stronger day after day. Teachers help raise our children, train our workforce, instill values, and share their love of learning.
Today that institution is under attack. When education is treated as a source for profit, it becomes easy for students to fall through the cracks. Special needs students, students with disabilties, students from underserved communities or at-risk neighborhoods; all these children suffer when education is treated as a for-profit commodity.
The federal government must strengthen and expand our public education system. I support amendments to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that would raise the floor of our public education system by reducing class sizes; increasing teacher compensation; providing for arts, athletics, and STEM programs; installing modern technology in every classroom; and guaranteeing quality special education programs.
Mike Siegel is ready to fight:
For the rights of working people
Mike supports a $15 minimum wage, affordable healthcare for all Texans, and the right of employees to organize in the workplace.
For the rights of immigrant families
Mike is the lead lawyer in Austin’s lawsuit against the State of Texas and the racist and unfair Senate Bill 4. He’s working to ensure that cities like Austin can continue to protect immigrant families.
For the rights of women and girls
A culture of toxic masculinity has held women and girls back for long enough. It’s time to restore the balance with laws that require equal pay for equal work, protect against workplace harassment, and affirm a woman’s right to choose.
For a stronger public school system
Mike will protect and improve Texas’s public education system by increasing funding, reducing red tape, and resisting privatization.
For a free and open Internet
Mike supports congressional action to affirm net neutrality, to ensure that all the towns and cities of Central Texas have open access to information.