In lieu of a written endorsement of lawyer and long-time political activist Cindy Reinert (running in House District 58), I'm choosing to reprint in its entirety her answer when I reached out to her looking for an idea of her gun policy:
Today is Valentine's Day. While I'd like to write something about romance, I feel compelled however to write something about guns.
My father grew up on a farm in Seymour. His dad and he had guns. My dad is 88 years old, and he still has guns. My son-in-law has guns. My daughter has one. Many of my friends, and/or their partners have guns. They are not mentally ill, and they are responsible gun owners. They have shotguns, rifles, handguns. Their guns are registered. The ones that need permits to carry, have them.
While I would never want to take a gun away from someone, I don't understand the need for civilians to own semi-automatic rifles. These guns can kill hundreds of people in minutes. But I have yet to have anyone tell me a purpose for assault rifles. Do we want the military to have these weapons? Absolutely. Do we want a neighbor who might be struggling mentally or emotionally to have them? No.
I believe in the Second Amendment. I understand why it was written, and what its purpose was. But it is no longer the age where hanging out on the “bad” side of town might get you shot. No, today you might be in your church. Your children may be learning to do long division. Your parents may be shopping for groceries. Maybe your daughter teaches disabled kids. Or your mom or dad. Maybe you’re on your first date with someone and you go to the newest movie. Maybe you are just minding your business walking down the street.
It’s time to take big NRA money out of politics. 95% of Americans believe that everyone who owns a gun should have a comprehensive background check. A majority of NRA members believe that assault weapons should be banned. There is a blood money price for children’s lives, and the NRA is willing to pay it.* I am unwilling to take blood money and will search for ways to reduce gun violence in our communities here in District 58 and in our State. Please contact me with your ideas on gun laws. I’m listening.
When this is the refrain we hear from our politicians in the aftermath of tragedy, and when everyone is as politically unafraid to take this stand, our country will be a better, safer place. Thank you so much to Ms. Reinert for sending this to me, and I'm incredibly happy to count myself among her supporters.
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