Wilmot Collins (MT-Sen), "Endless gun violence cannot be our new normal"

In the wake of this weekend’s unimaginable tragedies, my heart aches for El Paso and Dayton.

But we all know that the standard responses from our leaders are doing nothing for the inevitable future victims of mass shootings. We must come together and fight gun violence.

I lived through gun violence in the Liberian Civil War and would not wish that pain on anybody. I watched family members fall and I know that parents shouldn’t fear a shooting when they send their kids to school. Weekend shoppers shouldn’t have to be afraid of being gunned down in a Walmart. No one should be scared of being shot while going to the movies or attending a concert. We cannot let this become our new normal. We must act.

While Steve Daines refuses to take action to end gun violence and refuses to apologize for condoning President Trump’s hateful and divisive rhetoric, I am not afraid to take on this fight. I will do everything I can to help keep families in Montana and across the nation safe from harm.
— Wilmot Collins

Tom Winter (MT-AL), "Thoughts and prayers aren't enough"

Over the weekend, two mass shootings happened in the span of 13 hours. As of right now, 29 people lost their lives. There have been 251 shootings in 216 days this year.

After every single mass shooting, politicians race to social media to offer hollow “thoughts and prayers” — and frankly — I’m sick of it.

Make no mistake about it, this is a uniquely American problem.

I am a gun owner and I believe the 2nd Amendment is settled law. But there are gun safety measures that would save lives and help stop these horrifying events without infringing on our rights. All Congress has to do is vote. The Democratic-led House passed gun safety bills HR 8 and HR 1112 five months ago. They have been sitting on Mitch McConnell’s desk ever since.

These are safety laws Congress could pass right now to help address mass shootings. Universal background checks, disarming domestic abusers, and instituting red flag laws are widely popular bipartisan issues. In fact, background checks are supported by 90% of Americans. These bills would be the first step in addressing our nation’s gun violence epidemic, and would work to prevent the next mass shooting.

This shouldn’t be a partisan issue - just like white nationalism’s growing connection to domestic terrorism. This is about common sense and who we want to be as a country.

We cannot afford to wait any longer. We must act now.
— Tom Winter

Tom Winter (MT-AL) Facebook Post

We need more from politicians than “thoughts & prayers” or “heart is broken” posts about the terrorism in El Paso today.

Let’s talk policy to save lives, now:

-insitute red flag laws
⁃disarm domestic abusers
⁃eliminate gun show & strawman loopholes
⁃seriously invest in mental health to stem the suicide crisis
⁃*actually focus* on terrorist threat of white nationalism

It’s only a start, but it might stem the heartache for future generations. The community of El Paso deserves nothing less.

Of course the 2nd amendment is the settled law of the land. Of course you own guns - I do too. But, these are things we can do to save lives now, without infringing on our constitution or our rights.

Enough is enough.
— https://www.facebook.com/WinterForMontana/