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.

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

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

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


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

Jeremiah Landin (TX-31) Facebook Post

Kim Olson (TX-24) Tweet

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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Kyle Tisdel (NM-03) Issue Statement

We should not have to worry whether our kids will come home from school, or whether our family will be torn apart after going to the grocery store. The epidemic of gun violence in this country must end. We should enact common-sense gun licensing requirements, institute an assault weapons ban, and impose restrictions on high-capacity ammunition magazines.

Suhas Subramanyam (VA H87) Issue Statement

My wife, Miranda, went to church in Newtown, Connecticut and her congregation lost a young member that day in Sandy Hook. We need to make progress on gun violence prevention so that we and our loved ones feel safe in our schools, places of worship, and public places. I would support comprehensive solutions to reducing gun violence, including expanding mandatory universal background checks, closing the gun show loophole, banning the sales of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and supporting studies on gun violence as a public health issue.

Greg Sagan (TX-13), "My Thoughts on the Second Amendment"

Recently I received a survey from the National Rifle Association asking for my views – as a candidate for Congress – on a number of Second Amendment issues. This was my response:

Dear Mr. Ouimet:

I recently received your survey for Federal candidates for public office to find out where they stand on second amendment issues. I must admit that I found the questions in this survey to be rather biased, in some cases markedly so, so instead of answering your survey questions I will outline my position on second amendment rights in summary form.

First, I grew up with guns, and I support the second amendment in principle. I have owned handguns, rifles and/or shotguns for most of my adult life. I currently own two handguns, and I am licensed by the state of Texas to carry them openly, on my person, in public. With only a few exceptions, I carry one of them almost all the time I am outside. In addition, while on active duty with the US Navy (I am a Vietnam veteran) I was on the Navy Match Pistol Team while stationed in Subic Bay, R.P., and I am authorized to wear the Navy Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon with silver “E” for “Expert.” So I consider myself a “second amendment” supporter in both words and deeds.

I also believe in certain restrictions to the second amendment. For example, I believe:

– That no civilian needs or should be allowed to possess a fully-automatic firearm;

– That no civilian needs or should be allowed to possess a silencer;

– That no civilian needs or should be allowed to possess a high capacity magazine – i.e., a magazine that holds more than 15 rounds;

– That no one be allowed to obtain a state or federal license to either own or carry a firearm without a background check, without adequate training, without an adequate mental health evaluation by a licensed professional psychologist or psychiatrist, without appropriate liability insurance, and without a demonstration of proper handling before a certified firearms instructor;

– That no one who has been prosecuted for domestic violence be allowed to own a firearm of any kind;

– That no one who has been convicted of a violent crime of any kind be allowed to own a firearm of any kind;

– That no one with a diagnosed mental health condition that makes him (or her) a risk to the public be allowed to own a firearm of any kind;

– That no civilian be allowed to own a functioning mortar, rocket launcher or “crew-served” weapon of any kind.

In addition, I believe that each state should be allowed to decide how to license people to carry firearms, whether to recognize reciprocity in firearm licensing with other states, and whether to modify their criminal statutes to address gun ownership and gun violence. I realize that there is a counter argument on the constitutional basis of “full faith and credit” for carrying firearms either openly or concealed, but I also recognize that there are exceptions to this clause (e.g., legalized marijuana) that apply to gun ownership, licensing and carrying.

As far as veterans returning from conflicts with “liberated” weapons, I would allow them to keep such weapons only if they are permanently rendered incapable of “fully automatic” functioning.

This is my position, so grade me as you will.
— Greg Sagan

Perry Gershon (NY-01), "Video games!? Really!?"

Yesterday, I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard Trump blame video games for the tragic mass shootings that took place over the weekend. I can’t believe that I even have to say this, but people play video games all over the world, yet America is the only stable country where mass shootings happen over and over again. There is a reason for all the gun violence in this country: it’s politicians unwilling to make a change.

And Trump had the audacity to blame mainstream media for sowing the hate that he himself uses to power the energy of his rallies. White nationalism, and the violence that results from it, is on the rise in America – the FBI could not be more clear of the risks.

It’s ridiculous that most Republicans like Trump and Zeldin want to look at everything except the true causes of the problem - easy access to guns and spreading white nationalism. This is what I’ll fight for in Congress:

Background checks for all firearms purchases

Reenacting relevant provisions of the assault weapons ban of 1994

Increasing resources for mental health services, part of the push for universal healthcare

Standing up against racist, divisive rhetoric every time, from the right and left

There’s so much more, but those are just a few things I’d fight for on day one that would make us safer. Instead of blaming video games, like Trump and Zeldin, I’m ready to stand up and do something about the true causes of heinous violence in this country.
— Perry Gershon

Jackie Gordon (NY-02), "I retired from the Army, but came home to more gun violence"

Our country went to sleep on Saturday night with pain in our hearts.

We woke up the next morning to another tragedy.

In less than 24 hours, the shooters in El Paso and Dayton used a weapon of war to kill 31 innocent Americans and injure dozens more. In mere minutes, they took 31 mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters from their families.

I’ve been in combat. I’ve served in the Army. Assault weapons have no place in our communities.

Friends, we must take action today to make our country safer for all Americans. Please sign my petition calling on Congress to pass an Assault Weapons Ban and keep weapons of war off of our streets. >>

When I retired from the Army, I never expected to return home and watch scenes of violence unfold on our television screens from our own communities. That was something I'd expect to see on the battlefield -- not in grocery stores, at concerts, in places of worship, or in schools.

The heartbreaking reality is that gun violence in our country is now an epidemic: In the first 218 days of this year alone, we’ve already had more than 250 mass shootings.

That’s more mass shootings than days so far this year.

Frankly, if we don’t change the way we address gun violence and demand action from our leaders, that number will only grow.

Our thoughts and prayers are important, but it is our action that will save lives.

Perry Gershon (NY-01), "The deadly combination of racist rhetoric and guns"

In little more than a week, we’ve seen mass shootings in El Paso, Texas; Dayton, Ohio; Brooklyn, New York and Gilroy, California. No American community is immune to gun violence. Too many killed, too many injured, too many families ripped apart.

Even worse, the rising tide of gun violence is directly linked to the rising tide of racism and hate crimes in this country; the rhetoric from the National Rifle Association and certain high level elected officials is not helpful.

Let’s be clear: These tragedies are preventable. We don’t have to live like this. Our leaders, including Congressman Lee Zeldin, have a responsibility to act—a responsibility he has failed.

Rep. Zeldin is a puppet of the NRA, an organization that has severely radicalized in recent years. He has accepted more financial assistance from the gun lobby than almost every other member of the House of Representatives. Whether it be from direct or indirect contributions, he is in their pocket—like none other in New York.

As your Congressman, I’ll never take a dime from the NRA. Here’s my plan for reducing gun violence:

Mandatory background checks. We must create a rigorous national standard for background checks and close loopholes. The recently passed House resolution is a good start, no thanks to Zeldin. But the Senate and President must act as well.

Protecting the New York SAFE Act. I fiercely oppose Lee’s Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which allows out of state residents to carry concealed weapons in New York, immune from New York’s gun safety laws. This puts lives at risk. Just ask law enforcement what they think.

Limiting assault-style weapons. We must restore the provisions of the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban, a bill that had substantial support from House Republicans at the time.

Banning bump stocks. Congress must permanetly ban bump stock devices that effectively convert semi-automatic assault weapons into automatic weapons.

No guns in schools. Not for teachers. Not for students.
And you know what else? I’ll always speak up against the racist rhetoric that fuels the hate. We stand up and speak with one voice to say that hate and racism are not acceptable in this country.

On Thursday at 7:30 p.m., the majority voice of NY-1 will make their position known at a rally outside Rep. Zeldin’s office in Patchogue (31 Oak Street). I will be participating as an invited speaker. Let’s make sure he hears us loud and clear.

Nancy Goroff (NY-01), "This Can't Continue"

I am heartbroken by the two mass shootings this weekend in El Paso and Dayton that have left nearly 30 dead and dozens more wounded.

I’m angry at the lack of action by politicians afraid of the NRA. They have allowed weapons of war to wreak havoc in schools, movie theaters, shopping centers, music festivals, and other public places that should be safe.

To reduce gun violence, we need to do three things immediately:

Institute universal background checks for all gun purchases
Ban high capacity magazines
Reinstate the assault weapons ban
We need to hold accountable our elected officials who have had the opportunity for years to pass common-sense laws like these, but have chosen not to. And my opponent, Lee Zeldin, is one of these failed leaders.

Zeldin has voted against every piece of gun safety legislation in Congress. He even voted to allow people with concealed carry permits in other states to carry their weapons in New York state.

Sadly, his voting record isn’t a surprise, because he’s taken tens of thousands of dollars from the NRA.

It’s time to tell Lee Zeldin that enough is enough. Thursday evening, I will join other concerned citizens to protest outside his office in Patchogue, calling out his shameful record on gun violence.

The only way we’re going to make change is through tireless grassroots action. We’re up against powerful interests with deep pockets, and we need to speak with one powerful voice to defeat them.

I know that we can solve this epidemic that has destroyed too many communities. And I will work to make that happen.
— Nancy Goroff

Julie Oliver (TX-25), "El Paso"

Yesterday, a white supremacist terrorist entered an El Paso Wal-Mart and killed 20 people. His stated purpose was killing as many Latinos as possible.

Our hearts are broken. We are sending so much love to all of our Texas family there. El Paso is one of the safest cities in the United States and it is such a generous, loving and safe community.

As we say after ever mass shooting in America, we recommit ourselves to taking meaningful action to end the public health crisis of gun violence continues to take lives every day in this country.

We do not have to live like this. But our current state leadership has absolutely failed in their sworn duty to protect its citizens, and our own Congressman is more interested in kowtowing to the NRA than in keeping us safe.

Texas law allows the open carry of semiautomatic rifles. It does not require a background check, training or an age limit. Walmart allows open carry. And yet 20 people were killed. More guns does not equal more safety.

This country can not bear more inaction. You’re either sticking up for machines created to murder the most people and the corporations that profit from selling them, or you’re sticking up for the people of Texas.

We choose the people of Texas. And we won’t stop fighting until public life in America is safe again.

There are concrete solutions to the public health crisis of gun violence in America. It is not too soon to call for them, and saying that it is dishonors the victims of the El Pas shooting, their families, and every other survivor of gun violence in this country. My commitments to common sense gun safety legislation include:

- universal background checks,

- a ban on public sale of weapons of war, designed to kill the most people with the most efficiency,

- strong red flag laws,

- closing the gun show loophole,

- opposing concealed carry reciprocity,

- and repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act for both gun manufacturers and gun retailers.

But we need to be clear about the El Paso shooting. This is not a mental health issue. This is not a video games issue. This is not a prayer in schools issue.

This was an act of white supremacist terrorism.

It was carried out by someone who drove 9 hours to explicitly wanted to kill Hispanics and Latinos, and who subscribes to an ideology that very closely mirrors statements that corporate right-wing media pundits and the president himself makes, every day.

We need to push back on the narrative that politicians try to hide behind to avoid accountability: that it’s video games, or a lack of prayer in schools, or it’s “mental illness”. Texas is the most uninsured state in the country, and blaming “mental illness” for a politically motivated act of terror further stigmatizes those who can’t get the care they need in a country that does not provide healthcare to its citizens, in a state where millions do not have health insurance.

Let’s be clear. Call it what it is. White supremacist terrorism.

Federal and TX law enforcement must present their plan to identify, disrupt and dismantle white nationalist terror networks, and hold the individuals and corporations who have enabled it accountable — including Donald Trump.
— Julie Oliver

Chris Eagle (FL-04) Facebook Post

We are deeply saddened by the Horrific Mass Killings that happened in El Paso & Dayton. However, we have felt this way over 17 times just this year! The good news is we can fix the rise in Mass Shootings and start to fix other issues that we have.

Key Areas of Focus:

#1. Mental Evaluations & Treatment
We need to place the same priority on Mental Health that we do for Physical. Starting between the ages of 4-6 we take our children to get vaccinated. In addition, we to include mental health screening and treatment. If we work on identifying mental health issues early we can start treatment and hopefully prevention.

#2. Education
Racism and Hate in any form can be traced back to education. Our sources of information come from our Family, Friends, Teachers, Spiritual Leaders, Politicians, etc... Starting at home we need to “Stop” teaching racism and hate. Future & Present generations need to value diversity and not fear difference.

#3. Laws, Policies, and Regulations
We need to drive national change that addresses any material or weapon that can be used for massive killings. Here are a few of the changes I will support:

- Any and all “Semi or Automatic” weapons are only for military use and illegal for civilians. This will include modifications to a weapon increase the amount of firings.

- Any and all “Bomb Making” materials are only for military and agricultural use. The training & licensing structure will
need to change for certain materials: Fertilizer, Chemicals, Explosive Powders.

- Mandatory Background Checks & after Decades Fixing The Gun Show Loophole!

I believe in the hope for America. We come from all walks of life with our own stories to form a more perfect union. The values that bring us together are greater than the political talking points that tear us apart. Join me, and with some effort, we can make a country that works for all its people.

Let’s Bring America Together!

Dana Balter (NY-24) Facebook Post

I am heartbroken. I am tired. I am angry.

This morning, I woke up to the news of our 251st mass shooting this year. This problem is unique to the United States of America. There is no other country in the world where this phenomenon even enters double digits. We have no higher rates of mental illness than other countries do. Americans are not inherently more violent than people in other countries. And if more guns in the hands of good people were the answer, we wouldn’t have this problem—we have more guns than we do people in this country.

Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi need to call Congress back to Washington and get something done. There are multiple components to this crisis that we need our government to address. Let me be very clear. We know of many things our Congress could do tomorrow that would make a difference.

1. We have to name the threat of domestic terrorism. The FBI has been warning us about this rising threat for years. The driving ideology behind the increase in domestic terrorism is white supremacy. So the first thing we need our government to do is increase funding and other resources to study and pursue domestic terrorists. The Trump administration has cut funding for this endeavor.

2. We have to pass a slate of long overdue national gun safety measures. We should start by implementing universal background checks and closing the purchasing loopholes so no one can buy a gun without a background check. The House of Representatives finally passed this a few months ago (John Katko is opposed) but Mitch McConnell won’t bring it to a vote in the Senate. We need red flag laws that are actually effective. We need to ban the weaponry of choice for mass shootings including assault style weapons and accessories like bump stocks and high capacity magazines. We need to repeal the Dickey Amendment, the effect of which has been to prevent the CDC from studying gun violence, and fund massive studies.

3. We have to address the mental health question. It is more likely for someone with mental illness to be a victim of violence than a perpetrator. The Republican party’s rush to blame mental illness every time there is a mass shooting is an excuse to not deal with the problems of guns. It also has the very dangerous effect of further stigmatizing mental illness. We cannot allow them to continue this rhetoric. Having said that, we need to understand that the vast majority of gun deaths in this country are suicides and mental healthcare is woefully under-resourced and inaccessible to many who need it. We need to make mental healthcare affordable and accessible to every person in this country. And we need our elected officials to stop increasing the stigma which inhibits people from seeking care. We also need to make sure that the victims of gun violence have the appropriate long-term counseling. The trauma affects many more than just those who are shot. We have generations of children growing up in this reality.

We can and should do all of these things. But there is something more we have to deal with. The culture of hate and fear that enables and emboldens people to commit these atrocities. The current president of the United States promotes this culture every day. The president continually fosters an environment of hatred for the “other” and anyone who says otherwise is either lying or not paying attention. This is not a matter of being “undisciplined” or impulsive with tweets. Using words like “infestation” and “animals” to refer to people is an intentional tactic of dehumanization. That dehumanization ultimately leads to killing. We see it over and over again throughout history. That is why it is imperative for people of conscience to stand up and say no every time the president uses that kind of language. Every time he demonizes the “other.” Every time he says something racist, xenophobic, or misogynistic. To stay quiet is to condone it. To hide behind “political division” is cowardice. To stay silent is to be complicit.

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.


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