Anthony Feig (MI-04), Statement by Anthony Feig regarding the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio

The shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio are horrific. Over the past twenty-four hours, 29 people have been murdered and over four dozen injured in what can only be called acts of terrorism. My wife Cathy’s and my hearts break for those who lost friends and loved ones.

We were longtime residents of El Paso. Our sons were born there. Through dear friends and colleagues, I am also personally connected to the greater Dayton area. However, it doesn’t take a personal connection to inspire me to act against these atrocious instances of hate-fueled gun violence.

This year, the Democratic majority in the US House acted in a bipartisan manner to address gun violence. They passed HR 8, which strengthened background checks, and in other legislation closed the Charleston Loophole. But more needs to be done. My resolve to fight for common sense gun regulation is strengthened by the tragedies in El Paso, Dayton, and lest we forget, the 248 other mass shootings that have happened this year.

I believe that automatic rifles and high-capacity clips are battlefield weapons that must stay on the battlefield—and not in our communities. We can celebrate Michigan’s hunting and outdoor heritage while also keeping our families safe. Thoughts and prayers are not enough. It is time for the legislative action that the American people demand.
— Anthony Feig

Jennifer Christie (IN-05), "Gun Safety"

Gun violence is an epidemic that requires common sense gun legislation. The majority of Americans, including legal gun-owners, already support such measures. Currently, laws vary wildly between states making gun safety more challenging. Implementing consistent nation-wide laws is critical to making gun safety meaningful:

Implementing universal background checks so that every gun sale has the same standard is simply common sense. We currently hold car licensing & registrations to a higher standard than guns. Establishing national gun licensing would help protect legal gun-owners from theft by encouraging better gun storage while discouraging illegal transfers or “straw” purchases. Safe gun storage is critical to gun safety. Harmonizing requirements for gun storage across states would reduce accidental deaths and help to keep guns out of the hands of minors. High-capacity magazines and military-style assault weapons have no place in the civilian world and should be banned.
— https://www.jenniferforindiana.com/gun-safety-1

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...

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

Roger Misso (NY-24), "We need a serious gun safety plan, yesterday."

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/

Sema Hernandez (TX-Sen), Democratic Senate Candidates Talk Guns, Background Checks, NRA At Frisco Forum

Sema Hernandez said she wants assault weapon buyback and universal background checks, but says only wholesale political change can make substantial reform.

”Weapons of war do not belong on our streets and in our homes,” Hernandez said. “And for someone to say that these AR-15s are for hunting — I mean who are you kidding? Are you a bad hunter?”
— Christopher Connelly, KERA News

Source: https://www.keranews.org/post/democratic-s...

Chris Bell (TX-Sen), "Texas Democrats running for Senate want ban, buyback of assault-style rifles"

“I want to see an all-out ban and buy-back program on assault weapons,” said Chris Bell, a former Houston congressman, calling for the government to confiscate the weapons as Australia did in the 1990s. “Weapons of war don’t need to be in the hands of individuals.”
— Benjamin Wermund, Houston Chronicle

Pat Hackett (IN-02), "Common Sense and Responsible Gun Legislation"

Gun violence is a health crisis in this nation. I will advocate for the health and safety of our children by responsible gun laws and campaign finance reform. Seven children die as a result of gun violence every single day in the United States whether in their neighborhoods, in their schools, or in their churches. There have been more than 2,100 mass shootings since the Sandy Hook tragedy in 2012. There were 846 firearm deaths in Indiana in 2015 and 997 firearm deaths in Indiana in 2016. These numbers are truly disturbing, and it is unacceptable that legislators have not taken action to curb gun violence. Nothing in the 2nd Amendment prevents us from removing weapons of war, designed to kill as many people as quickly as possible, from the hands of civilians. The 2nd Amendment has become a marketing tool for gun manufacturers and the NRA. This issue is more about money than it is the Constitution. Citizens have the right to bear arms under the 2nd Amendment. For example, to hunt and have a gun at home for protection or carry with a permit. Congress should enact commonsense gun laws that continue to protect the rights of responsible gun owners, while preventing tragic and unnecessary deaths. Here are some of the actions I support:

Require universal background checks, close the gun show and internet loopholes, so that all gun purchases, including private gun sales, are recorded, and purchasers are verified through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. 74% of NRA members, and 87% of non-NRA members support criminal background checks for all gun purchases.[4] Universal background checks can protect Hoosiers by:

Banning gun sales to people with a history of violent behavior, including domestic violence.

Banning sales to people on terrorist watch lists.

Banning or removing guns from homes with suicidal residents.

Reenact the lapsed Federal Assault Weapons Ban. Assault rifles have become the weapon of choice for mass murderers in the US, and were used to kill innocent victims at Sandy Hook, Orlando, Aurora, San Bernardino, Las Vegas, Parkland and El Paso. These weapons of war are far too easy to obtain, and they make mass shootings far too common.

Criminalize the possession of automatic and semiautomatic weapons. These weapons are difficult to defend against. While automatic weapons are no longer legal to manufacture for civilian use in the US, it is not hard or expensive to purchase kits that can convert semiautomatic weapons into ones that mimic the functionality of fully automatic weapons.

Ban high capacity magazines. There is no purpose for high capacity magazines other than to maximize the loss of life.

Repeal the “Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act,” which protects gun manufacturers from liability litigation. This would encourage manufactures to implement safety measures, such as “smart guns” that can only be discharged by authorized users.

Fund the Centers for Disease Control to conduct research on gun violence. In 1996 Congress, at the urging of the National Rifle Association, forbade the CDC to advocate or promote gun safety measures. As a result, the CDC eliminated all funding for research on gun violence, and no funding has been provided for more than 20 years. Research can provide information on what measures would be most effective in decreasing gun deaths in the United States.
Institute a waiting period for all gun sales in the US. Any law-abiding citizen should be able to wait for at least one day, or until a complete background check has been completed, before purchasing a gun.

Institute required safety training and exams for all gun owners. Safety training will help to ensure that all gun owners are well versed in the safe and legal operation of the weapons they own.
— https://pathackettforcongress.com/issue/gun-safety/

Nick Rubando (OH-05) Issue Statement

It seems every other time you turn on the news there is a story about gun violence. Shootings at our schools, work places, places of worship and in our neighborhoods. In fact in America, gun violence is occurring at a rate 10 times higher than in any other high-income country. This has to stop. Common-sense gun legislation is necessary and essential for any politician who claims to care about the lives of their constituents. I believe in Universal and Improved Background Checks for firearm purchases. Currently, our federal background check system has a dangerous loophole in which felons and domestic abusers can purchase firearms off of the internet or at gun shows without going through a proper process. I also believe in the banning of Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Magazines. These are weapons of war, designed to cause maximum harm, and have no place on our streets or in our hunting grounds.
— https://nickrubando.com/issues/

Andrew Romanoff (CO-Sen) E-mail

What will it take?

Over the weekend, a mass shooting in west Texas claimed seven more lives. A 17-month-old girl was shot in the face.

While we grieve for the victims, while we shudder in horror, the Senate does nothing.

When Cory Gardner was asked whether the shootings in El Paso and Dayton had changed his mind about gun control, he said:

“We can’t accept a status quo where people are committing these kinds of atrocities, [but] I’m not going to hurt rights in order to protect rights.”

Whose rights are “hurt” by a background check? Is your “right” to a weapon of war more important than my right to live?

Without gun reform, the status quo will never change. These measures won’t stop every shooting—no law can—but they will reduce the death toll.

I agree with Gardner on one point: this shouldn’t be partisan. Curbing gun violence is common sense, which is why most Americans support proposals like these.
— Andrew Romanoff

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Democratic candidates for Congress answer questions at first 2020 forum in Auburn

The candidates share many of the same positions on reducing gun violence. They support instituting universal background checks and eliminating loopholes for gun purchases. They want to allow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct gun violence research and for Congress to fund those efforts. 

Balter, Conole and Misso say the federal assault weapons ban should be reinstated. Misso noted that he supports universal licensing for gun purchases. 

"You have to have a license to drive a car," he said. "You ought to have a license to purchase a firearm." 

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At Auburn's Prison City, support brewing for Francis Conole in race for Congress

On gun safety, Conole said he supports the Second Amendment. However, he believes Congress must act to reduce gun violence. He wants universal background checks, loopholes for gun purchases closed, the repeal of the Dickey Amendment — which critics say prevents the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from researching gun violence — and the restoration of the assault weapons ban. 


Conole trained with M4s, M16s and other weapons of war. He said military-style guns shouldn't be on the streets. 


"I do not believe assault weapons need to be in the hands of civilians," he added. 

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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