Hiral Tipirneni (AZ-06), "Too many lives lost"

I became a doctor to save lives, and when I see so many precious lives lost to senseless gun massacres, it’s clear that we have a public health crisis on our hands. It infuriates me, it scares me, but also, it breaks my heart. We know we can, and must, do better.

The majority of Americans agree that common-sense gun laws, like universal background checks and removing military-grade weapons from our streets, are necessary. Lawmakers have an obligation to keep our communities safe, but the Senate refuses to act.

This shouldn’t be a partisan issue. We all agree that we need to keep deadly weapons out of the hands of those who would do us harm. Yet, after all the “thoughts and prayers” tweets, nothing changes. The horrific events of this weekend are yet another urgent wake-up call that we need to take action NOW. Enough is enough.
— Hiral Tipirneni

Anita Malick (AZ-06) Statement on the El Paso Shooting

Today, my husband and I took our soon-to-be kindergarten student shopping for school supplies.

We went to a big box store. It was packed with families partaking in the same end-of-summer ritual.

At the very same time, in El Paso, there was terror.

We are heartbroken now, just hours later, wondering how many families in El Paso were just back-to-school shopping like us when a gunman opened fired in a Walmart killing at least 19 people and wounding dozens more.

No place is safe. Every day there is fear. Just this week: Gilroy, Southaven and more. Children are dying in America because of hate and greed.

Yes, hate, fueled by politicians looking to win elections, is taking lives.

#ENOUGH

This is not our America. We must remain diligent. We can never grow numb to this. We must DEMAND action NOW.

Please post about this, call and write your representatives. Use your voice.

Demand a Senate vote on #HR8
Demand an Assault Weapons Ban
Demand #GunSense and accountability now.

If they take #NRA money, call them out and vote them OUT.
It they are quiet about racism, call them out. They are complicit.

I am heartbroken with you, we must find hope in action.
— Anita Malick

Hiral Tipirneni (AZ-06) Issue Statement

As an ER doctor, I’ve seen the trauma, suffering and devastating loss of life from gun violence up close. The destruction it causes to the victims, their families and communities is heartbreaking and, oftentimes, avoidable.

I also support Second Amendment rights overall for law-abiding Americans to obtain firearms through legal channels to protect their homes, themselves and their families, and for hunting and sport. I do not see supporting both the Second Amendment and commonsense gun safety reform as mutually exclusive, though, and I find it increasingly difficult to follow arguments justifying the possession of military-grade weapons and similar accessories by the general public.

America, the only industrialized nation with this degree of violence, should address it as a public health issue. The U.S. has a history of using data-driven policies to make us safer – seat belts, child car seats, airbags. We should restore funding for gun violence research so that our policies actually have a positive impact on public safety. Are current laws effective? If not, why and what can be done to improve their implementation, or should the law itself be completely reformed?

The discussion should include innovative technologies, such as biometric locks and affordable, safe storage solutions.

I believe commonsense gun safety reform can ultimately be accomplished while protecting the rights of lawful gun owners. There is already consensus between households with firearms and those without, which include:

Closing the Internet and gun show “loopholes” by requiring background checks;

“No-fly, no buy” so that those on terrorist watch lists have harder access to firearms;

Ensuring that purchasers have passed necessary background checks, properly registered their firearm(s), and received appropriate gun safety training.

Finally, mental health must also be part of equation. Mass shootings are truly horrific and instantly capture our attention. However, suicides and homicides make up nearly 90% of gun-related deaths according to 2016 data available. When addressing the issue of gun violence, we too often ignore the contributing role of mental health issues, including substance abuse and addiction, to our regrettable detriment.
— https://hiralforcongress.com/issues/second-amendment-rights/

Anita Malik (AZ-06) Issue Statement

We can and must be consistent with the Second Amendment and still protect our families from senseless violence. This protects responsible gun owners just as much as it does everyone. Let’s protect our rights by making sure they aren’t abused.

Implement background checks for every person and every transaction, no excuses.

End gun show loopholes for third-party sellers and loopholes online.

Expand gun safety training to keep families safe.

Fund mental care and behavioral health to curtail gun violence.
— https://www.anitaforarizona.com/issues
Source: https://www.anitaforarizona.com/issues

Delina DiSanto (AZ-04) Issue Statement

We need commonsense gun reform. Let me be clear: I want responsible gun owners to keep their guns.

I will work hard to pass universal background checks to keep our communities safer and keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals.
— DelinaDiSanto.com, "Platform"
Source: https://www.delinadisanto.com/platform

Mark Kelly (AZ-Sen) Issue Statement

Mark will stand up to the gun lobby and fight to protect Arizona kids and communities from gun violence. He will keep kids and communities safer by working to pass universal background checks, to keep guns out of the hands of stalkers and domestic abusers, and reduce mass shootings and suicides by allowing families and law enforcement to ensure dangerous individuals and people in crisis don’t have access to firearms.
— MarkKelly.com, "Gun Safety"
Source: https://markkelly.com/issues/