Lisa Welch (TX-12), Gun Reform

In 2018 there were 40,000 fatalities contributed to gun violence-40,000 preventable deaths. The second amendment “A well regulated militia being necessary for the security of a free state; the right of people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed upon” gives us the right to bear arms; a right I fully support. I also support that they should be well regulated. Gun ownership is a responsibility that should not be taken lightly, and every effort should be taken to keep them out of the hands of those that intend to harm others or themselves. We may have the right to bear arms but we have moral obligation to prevent the senseless death of so many.

Require gun owners complete a course in the proper and safe handling of guns, undergo a background check, be licensed to own a gun, and carry liability insurance on all guns owned.

Seventy percent of the deaths caused by guns are attributed to suicide. In addition to reducing the easily and quick availability of guns we must increase the availability to counseling and treatment for mental illness.

Gang violence is also a major attributor to gun related deaths. We must invest in our communities and support programs shown to work to reduce gang activity.

Create and enforce “Red Flag” laws that keeps guns out of the hands of suicidal individuals, the mentally ill, perpetrators of domestic violence.