Diane Mitsch Bush (CO-03), "It's time to take rational action against gun violence"

In 2013, when I voted as a Colorado State Representative for universal background checks for all firearm purchases, I knew the gun lobby would use this vote against me and fight tooth and nail to unseat me in 2014.

I knew casting this vote could cost me my re-election. But I also knew it was the right thing to do.

Because at the end of the day, what matters is protecting innocent lives from the senseless and cruel consequences of gun violence. We can respect the Second Amendment and still adopt the common-sense gun laws that the majority of Americans support. We already have gun safety laws that work in Colorado, and I will work to be sure we get similar measures passed in Congress.

Join me in demanding that Representative Tipton and all of Congress act immediately to pass universal background checks.

We need legislators who will stand up to the gun lobby and fight for legislation that will save lives.

As your representative, I promise to stand up and fight for gun reform, regardless of what big-money groups want. I will represent you, not them.

If the cost is having the NRA against me, it’s a cost I’m more than willing to pay. I’ve taken on the gun lobby before, and I will take them on again.
— Diane Mitsch Bush