Common-Sense Gun Legislation
As a veteran, I am a proponent of the 2nd Amendment. But, I also believe that firearms should be regulated in order to lessen the amount of gun violence. As someone who has been in the classroom for 20 years, it is imperative that we ensure that our schools are a safe place for our children.
The 2nd amendment is a good thing, but common sense gun reform can help decrease the escalating epidemic of gun violence. I do not want the government to confiscate anyone’s guns. Confiscating guns would be unrealistic, ineffective, and against Constitutional rights. I am advocating for common sense gun reform to ensure the safety of our children and loved ones.
In the Supreme Court case, D.C. v. Heller, Justice Scalia recognized that the Second Amendment could have limits. In the majority opinion, he said that the Right to Bear Arms "was not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose." According to a very conservative Supreme Court justice, gun ownership can be limited.
According to the Center for American Progress, there are 6 things that common sense gun reform should include in order to combat this epidemic:
- Ban assault weapons. According to CAP, they are semi-automatic firearms that are capable of accepting a detachable magazine and that have an additional military-style feature, such as a pistol grip, folding stock, detachable stock, barrel shroud, or threaded barrel.
- Enable the CDC to research gun violence as a public health issue. As a country, we should be able to know the statistics of this issue that affects all Americans.
- Require background checks for all gun sales and close the gun-show loophole. Background checks should only be a minor inconvenience for responsible gun owners.
- Support local violence prevention and intervention programs.
- Disarm all domestic abusers. If you have a history of hurting people, especially women, you should not be able to possess a firearm. Period.
- Make extreme risk protection orders available in every state. This will allow families to petition to temporarily suspend firearm access if there is documented evidence that an individual is threatening harm to themselves or others.
This issue is multi-faceted, so we need a multi-step approach. Once I am your Congressman, I vow to work with representatives across the aisle and pass common-sense legislation.
We need action. We need common-sense gun reform now.