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.
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.