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MJ Hegar (TX-Sen), "An Open Letter to John Cornyn"

Published by The Texas Tribune

Dear Sen. Cornyn:

As I was driving through West Texas talking to local folks recently, I heard the news of the mass shooting nearby in Midland and Odessa. My heart dropped as I pulled out my phone to get more information and saw gut-wrenching video of parents huddling in a field covering their children, who were screaming and crying, telling them that it would be all right while semi-automatic gunfire echoed in the background.

I flashed back to my time in Afghanistan as the sounds of war rang in my ears. This isn’t the first time something reminded me so viscerally of my three tours in combat. But something different happened to me when I heard the terrified cries of children layered over the gunfire. Now I was experiencing war not just as a soldier, but as a mother, and this wasn’t a war zone on foreign soil, but in the streets of west Texas.

From Sutherland Springs to Santa Fe to El Paso, the sounds of war have rung out in Texas churches, high schools and stores. Enough is enough. If we’re to be the land of the free, then the brave among us must act to give our people the freedom to go to movies, shop in stores and walk through parks without having to be vigilant for threats.

That starts with getting weapons of war off of our streets and calling on governors and state legislators to ban the open carry of weapons. The reality is this: The reasons gun owners like me have for wanting to protect our Second Amendment rights — chief among them protecting our families — are not served by open carry. In recent days, we have seen companies like Walmart and Kroger take the lead and ask patrons to not openly carry weapons in their stores, but we can’t depend on that. Open carry itself is an assault on every bystander within range, as we feel the need to flee and cover our children without the freedom to call law enforcement for help. We must empower people to “see something, say something.”

We must pass sweeping common-sense gun safety legislation that is dying in U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s legislative graveyard, which would require background checks on every single gun sale — a proposal that a recent survey by The Washington Post-ABC News found was supported by 88% of gun owners and would close the loophole that may have allowed the Odessa shooter to acquire his weapon.

We need to stop the sale of assault weapons to the public, pass anti-trafficking regulations and red flag laws, give the Center for Disease Control the money needed to research gun violence prevention and increase straw purchase sentencing.

We know the gun violence epidemic in this country reaches far beyond the tragic mass shootings that we seem to be accepting as commonplace. Domestic violence, accidental shootings, children getting their hands on irresponsibly stored weapons and suicides are robbing us of our mothers, brothers, babies and our soul as a country.

John Cornyn, you have a choice before you. If you want to keep your job as a United States Senator working for the people of Texas, you need to quit working for the NRA and Mitch McConnell. As a mother, a Texan and a responsible gun owner, I sincerely hope you put politics aside and take the needed actions to protect our communities. We are Texas, and we’re in this together.
— MJ Hegar
Source: https://www.tribtalk.org/2019/09/09/an-ope...

Ted Terry (GA-Sen), "We can stop gun violence. Here's just one way"

Gun violence is one of America’s biggest public health crises — and it can be prevented.

There’s no single cure for this epidemic. But “red flag” laws — which have already saved lives in 15 states and Washington, DC — are a powerful first step.

It’s easy to see how these laws have prevented tragedies: They empower loved ones to speak up when they see warning signs and temporarily block access to weapons for people who pose an extreme risk of harming themselves or others.

Georgia lawmakers are already considering this lifesaving legislation. Together, our voices can make our state a safer place to live, work, and go to school.
— Ted Terry

Pritesh Gandhi (TX-10), "Common Sense Gun Safety"

Physicians like me see the trauma caused by our weak gun safety laws every day.

In 2012, weeks after the tragedy at Sandy Hook, I founded a group, Doctors Against Gun Violence, while I was doing my residency at Tulane Hospital in New Orleans. Along with fellow physicians, I crisscrossed the state of Louisiana providing a louder voice to promote evidence-based research in a campaign for common-sense gun safety laws.

Fund gun violence research.

After decades of the NRA placating gun manufacturers and bullying our elected officials to turn a blind eye, Congress is finally taking action to understand our gun violence crisis. However, the Senate is now blocking $50 million in funding for the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health to study gun violence. The Senate should fund these efforts immediately.

Congress should implement these changes immediately:

Pass Universal Background Checks. No person should be able to purchase a deadly firearm from another person without first passing a background check that ensures they don’t have a criminal history, or a history of violence against themselves or others, that prohibits them from owning a gun.

Support Extreme Risk Protection Orders. Allow physicians and family members to report individuals – who are a risk to themselves or others – to law enforcement and allow law enforcement to temporarily revoke access to firearms with the order of a judge.

Ban Assault Weapons and Large-Capacity Magazines. No civilian should have a weapon of war for personal use. Congress should ban the purchase of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines. Congress should also take steps to regulate the estimated 15 million assault weapons that are already in circulation, including establishing voluntary buy-back programs.

Close the Partner and Stalker Loopholes. Congress should expand the list of persons prohibited from purchasing a firearm to include individuals with a history of domestic violence and stalking.

End Gun Industry Immunity. Treat the gun industry just like any other and allow victims of gun violence to seek civil compensation from irresponsible gun manufacturers. Congress should close this NRA favored loophole in our civil justice system.
— https://www.gandhifortexas.com/common-sense-gun-safety

Qasim Rashid (VA Sen-28), "Va. Senate candidates Rashid and Stuart clash on guns, ERA in first debate"

On the issue of gun reform, Rashid said he is in favor of comprehensive gun reform in Virginia, including universal background checks and so-called “red flag” laws, measures that would allow a judge to issue a protective order to temporarily remove firearms from someone deemed a threat to themselves or others.

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“My opponent has voted against every single one of these commonsense measures and it when it came time to debate them, he adjourned the session,” Rashid said.
— Daniel Berti, Prince William Times

Teresa Tomlinson (GA-Sen), "We start with background checks on all sales, an assault weapons and high capacity magazine ban, and red flag laws"

There have been 289 mass shootings in the United States in the first 245 days of 2019.

If David Perdue and Mitch McConnell continue to go along with the NRA’s wishes and block any action, we can expect more than 500 mass shootings between now and January 3, 2021. That’s the date the next Congress will be sworn in – and the Senate must have a Democratic majority if we are to make any kind of progress to solve gun violence.

We will eliminate the filibuster. We will take on the Republican senators who continue to accept what is essentially blood money from the NRA, and we will pass common sense gun safety legislation. But first, we need to defeat David Perdue.

I believe responsible gun owners must be part of the solution to our gun violence epidemic. That’s why there is no difference in the message I deliver, whether I’m speaking to March For Our Lives activists in Roswell or gun owners in Bainbridge. When you step away from the dysfunction of Washington, you find surprising consensus over what needs to be done. There is widespread agreement to:

✅ Ban assault weapons
✅ Require background checks on all gun sales
✅ Ban high capacity magazines
✅ Implement red flag laws

Let me be clear. David Perdue and Mitch McConnell’s failure to allow a vote on any reasonable gun reform legislation is an outrage. Putting the interests of gun manufacturers before the lives of their constituents violates the public trust that we are supposed to place in our leaders, but is so lacking today.

I want you to imagine a government that actually serves you.
— Teresa Tomlinson

Hank Gilbert (TX-01), "Gun Violence"


The federal government must pass legislation to require better and more enhanced background checks for firearms purchases, including ending the gun-show loophole and mandating that private sales are processed the same as a new gun sale.

Additionally, Congress must pass legislation allowing states to implement so-called “red flag” laws that will allow people who pose a danger to themselves or others to be temporarily blocked from possessing firearms by state courts.

Congress must also pass laws holding gun dealers accountable for improper gun sales when those weapons are used in mass casualty incidents.

We must also pass restrictions on high-capacity magazines and high-caliber semi-automatic weapons and bump stocks.
— http://hankfortexas.com/issues/

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Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate James Mackler breaks down positions on health care, gun control and more during campaign rally in Franklin

Mackler opened the topic of gun violence solutions by saying that while he was a strong advocate for the Second Amendment, the continued mass shootings were still “such a solvable problem,” citing measures like more extensive background checks.

An audience member asked Mackler why normal citizens need to have assault weapons.

“I don’t feel the need to have an assault weapon,” Mackler said. “As I said, I’m a gun owner, [and] I don’t have an AR-15, I don’t have an [AK-47], I don’t feel that need, so I couldn’t tell you why someone else has [that].”

Another audience member followed up on Mackler’s response, asking him if he would support an assault weapons ban.

“I understand your question, but I don’t have an answer for it,” Mackler responded. “As I sit here today, what I support is thorough background checks for any gun owner, close the gun show loophole… I support the red flag laws. As I stand here today, I don’t support necessarily that plan, but I believe this is a solvable problem, and if we had some research to back up one plan or another, I might change my opinion on that.”

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Margaret Good (FL-16), "Stand with me against gun violence"

Earlier this month, our country lost more than 30 people in less than 24 hours in two mass shootings. El Paso, Dayton, Parkland, Pulse, Charleston. And it’s not just mass shootings — people are dying every day from gun violence. It is past time we take action.

That’s why my colleagues and I are calling for a special session of the Florida Legislature — to bring forward legislation that would curb gun violence.

The inaction has gone on for far too long, and we can’t accept it any longer. There are some foundational things that we can do that would have far-reaching impacts. We have called for the legislature to:

Implement universal background checks

Prohibit the sale, transfer, or possession of large-capacity magazines

Revise requirements for the safe storage of weapons in the home

Strengthen red flag legislation

Create an Urban Core Gun Violence Task Force

We cannot wait to take action on these proposals — many of which have bipartisan support. Real lives are on the line and it is our job to make this country safer for our generation and future generations.

Together, we will work to make these proposals a reality.
— Margaret Good

Maine 'Moms Demand Action' Advocates For Gun Control Legislation

“You all know that there are so many things that we could do,” said Gideon. “But a couple of them that are right at our fingertips — and yes, that we have not gotten over the finish line, but by golly, we will — are universal background checks, and red flag laws.”

The debate over gun control is expected to be prominent in the 2020 elections.

“Gun safety, without any question, is one of the biggest issues that we face in this nation right now,” said Gideon. “We have seen across this country, mass shooting after mass shooting take place, and there has been no action at the federal level to actually make sure that we pass smart gun safety measures.”

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Chris Bell (TX-Sen), "Former congressman Bell says experience lifts him over growing Democratic field to challenge GOP Sen. Cornyn in 2020"

Bell joins most Democrats in urging GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to call the chamber off its August recess so it can take up gun legislation already passed by the House.

“For the first time, I really think the motivation is there to do something,” he said. “Personally, I don’t think red flag laws and background checks are enough. I would like to see an assault weapons ban.”
— https://www.marshallnewsmessenger.com/news/counties/former-congressman-bell-says-experience-lifts-him-over-growing-democratic/article_93da2998-c060-11e9-95b7-333361d87a1e.html

John Walsh (CO-Sen), "Comprehensive National Violence Prevention & Domestic Terrorism Strategy"

Americans overwhelmingly support common-sense reforms to our gun laws.

Simply put, we cannot address the gun violence epidemic in our country with the national laws currently on the books. In 2013, I testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of the Obama Administration’s
package of gun violence measures, which ultimately were blocked by Senate Republicans.

Today, Congress must enact a package of common-sense national gun regulations, including:

● A national universal background check law that requires background checks to be performed by every
person who sells or transfers a gun—a change to our current gun laws that 92% of Americans support.

● A national magazine limit law that prohibits the sale and possession of large capacity magazines capable
of holding more than 15 rounds of ammunition.

● A statutory ban on so-called “bump stocks” that effectively turn semi-automatic weapons into
fully-automatic weapons.

● A national law limiting the purchase and possession of military-grade weapons—such as the high muzzle
velocity, high-rate-of-fire rifles like the AR-15 used in several recent mass shootings—including by
limiting purchase and possession of such weapons to individuals that are at least 25-years-old.

● Elimination of federal laws limiting the use of federal funds to study gun violence and funding for research
on this crucial subject.

● A national extreme risk protection order (“ERPO”) law—similar to the one we passed here in
Colorado—that allows law enforcement and family members to act on warning signs of violence and
temporarily prevent access to firearms, including in cases where those warning signs demonstrate that
the individual may use guns to commit violent hate crimes or terrorism.
— https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/static.johnwalshforcolorado.com/190811-Violence-Prevention-Strategy.pdf

Rodney Willett (VA H73) Issue Statement

Almost all of us remember where we were when we heard about the Virginia Tech shooting. Too many preventable gun-related tragedies have unfolded in our Commonwealth. Common sense gun safety measures are not a political issue, they’re a public health issue. Establishing universal background checks is a proven way to keep guns away from violent criminals and potential terrorists. Rodney will advocate for legislation that keeps guns from domestic abusers, protecting our families. Rodney will support red flag laws so that those who present an immediate danger to themselves or others can have firearms temporarily removed. Rodney will fight for bipartisan gun safety laws in the House of Delegates. He will not settle for continued inaction.
— https://www.rodwillett.com/platform

Tim Hickey (VA H59) Issue Statement

The 59th District contains its fair share of hunters and other law-abiding gun owners. And most of them agree that we must insist on responsible gun ownership. I believe in common-sense measures that have broad support across communities. For instance, every Virginian should undergo a background check before purchasing a gun. A simple background check requirement has been effective in other states. In fact, states that have universal background checks have roughly half the rate of gun violence against law enforcement officers, almost half the number of gun suicides and almost half the number of women shot and killed by domestic partners. Almost everyone also agrees that people with serious mental illness should not be purchasing firearms and that neither people with felony records nor domestic abusers should be buying guns. People are also starting to recognize that we need to listen to families and household members when they petition courts to temporarily remove firearms from those who are acting in a way that indicates they may carry out a shooting. This is just good sense. Devices like bump stocks and semi-automatic weapons with high capacity magazines are unnecessary and are endangering our communities. I will work to implement measures that will reduce gun violence while still respecting the 2nd Amendment. Every family has a guaranteed right to life and liberty.
— https://www.timhickeyfordelegate.com/protecting-ourcommunities