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.
My campaign received the support of Moms Demand Action, and I support their efforts, and the efforts of the March for our Lives movement, to promote common sense gun reforms. 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.
I also support drawing a clear line between military and civilian weapons. We agree that we cannot go to Walmart to purchase a tank or rocket launcher - those are military use only. A machine gun should be treated the same way. The only purpose of the weapon is to kill human beings. We should agree it has no place in civilian society.
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.