America has a profound problem with gun violence. In our schools, in our churches, in our urban centers, every day Americans needlessly die due to the proliferation of unregulated firearms. We need common sense gun legislation to help reduce this epidemic.
What we are facing:
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. However, we need to act now.
Where I stand:
We must take action to stop gun violence in America - Now! I believe we should act and promote reforms that reduce gun violence.
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.
My promise to you:
- 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 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.
- 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.
Why we need change:
An increasing number of Americans, both Republicans and Democrats, want more gun regulation, according to a new NPR/Ipsos poll that surveyed people in the aftermath of the Parkland school shooting. Three-quarters of people polled said gun laws should be stricter than they are today. A majority of Americans support comprehensive background checks, closing the gun show loophole, banning bump stocks and high capacity magazines, and ensuring that individuals subject to a protective order, or with documented mental health issues, cannot purchase firearms. However, my opponent has not only received funds from the NRA, but he has an A rating from this organization because he consistently votes in favor of their policies instead of listening to his constituents. He once again is putting special interests before the people he represents.