Jeff Rabinowitz (FL-11), "Gun Control"

Lets pass common sense gun control laws, that will make all our citizens safe.

Let me introduce The NRA School Shield program.

The NRA is offering comprehensive training including best practices in security infrastructure, technology, personnel training and policy. And offering free to all our schools across the nation.

I encourage you to go online to nraschoolsheild.org and learn more about the program. I am sure after you read about it, you will pursue with vigor, having your school admin bring the program to your school.

I support and will work to see the Manchin-Toomey bill becomes law

Manchin a Democrat, teamed up with Republican Sen. Pat Toomey on the legislation, which came to be known as the Manchin-Toomey amendment (you can read the text of it here). It was a more limited proposal than a larger Senate bill on guns, which would have mandated criminal background checks on all sales between private parties with limited exceptions.

Current law requires checks on purchases only from federally licensed gun dealers. So the Manchin-Toomey amendment attempted to find a middle ground by expanding the checks to gun shows and Internet sales, but not requiring them of family members and friends giving or selling guns to each other.

”As under current law, transfers between family, friends and neighbors do not require background checks. You can give or sell a gun to your brother, your neighbor, your co-worker without a background check. You can post a gun for sale on the cork bulletin board at your church or your job without a background check,”
— https://jeffrabinowitzforcongress.com/

John Hickenlooper (CO-Sen) Tweet

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

James Mackler (TN-Sen), "McConnell needs to DO SOMETHING"

As the number of fatal mass shootings in our country grows, there’s no denying this is an issue that can’t be ignored.

Odessa and Midland, Texas are the latest communities to join so many others across the country that have been struck with grief in the wake of shootings that have taken the lives of neighbors and friends, parents and children.

When families are killed while at the grocery store or children are killed at school, the tragedy is so great that it can feel unspeakable. But we can’t remain silent. We can’t sit by and do nothing.

Gun violence is a solvable issue.

I’m a veteran and a gun owner and I know we can protect Americans’ Second Amendment rights and keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. We need stronger background checks on all gun sales and close the gun-show loophole. The House passed a bipartisan bill to do so way back in February, but McConnell has refused to call a vote in the Senate. Charles: McConnell is refusing to do his job.

We can’t make progress on anything with McConnell as Senate Majority Leader.
— James Mackler

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/

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/

Eddie Mauro (IA-Sen) Tweet

Kim Olson (TX-24) Tweet

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.”

Read More

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. 

Read More

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.
— https://suhasforvirginia.com/?view=issues

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

Dan Helmer (VA H40) Issue Statement

Classroom safety must be a priority as well. My wife and the students she teaches should not have to practice active shooter drills during valuable learning time. We need to close the private sale and gun show loopholes and introduce common sense gun reform to protect our kids and our community, and we need to empower our police to ensure those who present a danger to themselves or others don’t have access to firearms.
— https://www.danhelmer.com/education-schools-gun-safety

Erica Smith (NC-Sen) Issue Statement

In my first 100 days as North Carolina’s next U.S. Senator – I commit to file and advance common sense gun control legislation that includes the following provisions:

1. Universal background checks, including components of existing federal proposals with 10-day waiting period for responses;

2. A ban on assault rifles and bump stocks;

3. Closing gun show / retail to owner transfers / owner to owner transfers;

4. Red flag limitations providing access for loved ones and family members to petition to remove firearms from gun owners during periods of incapacitation;

5. Increased funding and resources for a public service campaign for all public buildings, including schools and universities, to advance awareness and embodiment of the Sandy Hook Promise program;

6. Resources and public safety programs for increasing manpower, surveillance/intelligence on domestic terrorism including increased cybercrime monitoring, tracking of manifestos, white nationalist organizations and their members; and

7. Criminal justice reforms as it relates to prosecution and sentencing of domestic terrorists and serial killers. This reform should ensure that punishment is commensurate with the crime by including capital punishment in sentencing discussions.

When we have had more mass shootings than days in the year, everything must be on the table for discussion. I am done with inaction. I am not waiting for another shooting before demanding that the NCGA leadership debate and calendar votes for House Bill 86 and Senate Bill 565. I am further writing Senator Burr and my opponent, Senator Tillis, to call for a Chamber vote on HR 8 and HR 1112.

We have to act. Children are dying and the tears of mothers are met with inaction and political gamesmanship by Thom Tillis, Mitch McConnell and the like. I will work to make this country safer and you will always know where I stand as your U.S. Senator.
— https://ericaforus.com/common-sense-gun-controls

Flo Ketner (VA Sen-19) Issue Statement

We need to focus on the safety of our communities while also ensuring the safety of our farms protecting their livestock. We need to ensure our hunters are safe to catch the wildlife that feeds their families but also prevent children from life threatening instances. Safety is the number one concern. We need to ensure our schools, government buildings, and churches are safe for everyone. Forcing our teachers to acquire permits to carry a weapon while teaching our youth is not a safety measure. Government buildings are protected by security and forcing someone sitting at a reception desk to have a weapon is not a safety measure. Ensuring our families with weapons in their homes are keeping their guns safe utilizing approved gun locks and a secure gun safe is a safety measure.

Our police officers and our loving family members deserve the right to petition the courts about their concerns a permitted gun owner is not in a safe mental state and should be suspended until they feel they are back to good health. This is not simply for the safety of the public but the safety for our community and family members. Suicide is all too common and we should be taking measures to give our family and community members the support they need.
— https://www.floketner.com/

Stan Scott (VA Sen-04) Issue Statement

Virginians have a right to enjoy public spaces, especially schools and churches, without fear of attack by someone with a firearm.

I propose specific policies to address this problem:

Require comprehensive background checks and 10-day waiting periods for all gun transfers, including transfers between friends and family members.

End firearm transfers at gun shows and require purchasers to appear in person at an established dealer to take possession of a firearm.

Prohibit sale and possession of any weapon or magazine that permits firing more than 10 rounds without reloading.

Prohibit sale and possession of any weapon with a maximum effective range over 200 meters without registration with and permit from the City Police or County Sheriff.

Prohibit the carry of loaded firearms in public places, whether open or concealed.

Limit firearm purchases to 3 in any 30-day period.

Hold firearm owners criminally and civilly liable for misuse of their weapons whether intentional or accidental.

Government at all levels exists in large part to protect public safety, and we know one thing for sure: more guns – especially more powerful guns – mean more gun violence and needless death. More guns don’t save more lives. More guns lead to more suicide, homicide, and tragic accidents.
— https://stanforvirginia.org/gun-sense-for-public-safety/

Sean Frame (CA-04) Issue Statement

As a local, I know that responsible gun ownership is part of life in our district; as someone whose life has been shaped by gun violence, I know that dangerous gun ownership must not be. Given the epidemic of gun violence in our country, we need to enact common sense gun legislation that keeps guns out of the hands of people who are most likely to use them to hurt themselves or others.

Support lawful and responsible gun ownership for hunting and self-defense

Encourage firearm training, including proper storage

Pass H.R. 8 and H.R. 1112 to require universal background checks for all gun purchases

Fund CDC study of gun violence as a public health crisis

Pass extreme risk/red flag laws that let family members and law enforcement petition courts to temporarily restrict a person’s access to guns if they pose a danger to themselves or others

Heavily restrict guns, gun modifications, and ammunition that maximize the potential to murder people by placing limits on key characteristics, including rate of fire, reload speed, magazine capacity, the lethality of bullets, and the like.

Remove special protections for gun manufacturers so that gunmakers can be held responsible for the damage their weapons cause and how they market.

Prevent forced reciprocity so that states can set their own gun laws including concealed carry, silencers, and other

Make social and emotional learning part of all school curricula

Recognize gun violence in domestic violence situations as a public health issue requiring mental and physical health treatment and intervention
— https://frame4congress.com/platform/

Sri Kulkarni (TX-22) Facebook Post

“‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens.” This is a headline that I used to post every time there was a mass shooting, until it just got to be too painful to keep posting. As someone who has witnessed gun violence personally, who has had friends whose children have been murdered in mass shootings, and who has traveled the world to over 60 other countries, it is maddening, humiliating, and extremely painful to have to admit that my country’s politicians refuse to even try to do something about this problem. We have had more than one mass shooting per day this year. This weekend was particularly horrific, with at least 31 people killed, including 22 in El Paso, Texas.

The President is visiting Dayton and El Paso today. Despite our differences, there are several things that I agree with the President on. I agree with the President that we should implement “red flag” laws. There are many individuals whose prior behavior has indicated that they should not have access to firearms. However, there are other gun reforms we also need. We should enact locker laws to ensure people other than the owners do not have access to those weapons when the owners are out of the house. (This could have prevented the tragedy in Santa Fe, TX.) We should also have UNIVERSAL background checks, which the President committed to support in the past, but then backtracked on. There are many such common sense gun reforms that Republican and Democratic voters agree on, and our elected leaders should pass, but they have not because they are beholden to the NRA. To be clear, I support the 2nd amendment, whose first 14 words are “A well regulated military being necessary to the security of a free State...” All we are talking about is how to be well regulated. The purpose of the 2nd amendment from the beginning was to make Americans SAFER (by allowing each state militia to defend their people). If we are now more worried about the safety of our guns than the safety of our children, we end up abandoning the spirit of the Constitution as well as the security of our families, when we should be defending both.

Second, we do need more access to mental health care in this country. Many people have noted that the mentally ill are more likely to be the victims than the perpetrators of violence. But, that obscures the point that we cannot just talk about the “mentally ill” as if everyone else in our society has no need for mental health services. Just as we must invest more in preventative physical health care before our problems become acute, we must also invest heavily in access to mental health services for our entire society, because everyone has a state of mental health. Every human being (and especially our youth) gets stressed, and they respond to it in different ways. Every stressed out student should have access to mental health services, regardless of whether they have voiced a desire to harm themselves or others, because we should be striving for a healthy society, not just one that reacts to threats.

Lastly, while I appreciate that the President said we should condemn hate and white supremacy, which was clearly a motivation for the El Paso killer, stating that without retracting his own racist statements is hollow and insulting. The President started his campaign by saying that most migrants from Mexico were “rapists” and were bringing “drugs” and “crime” to America, while only “some,” he “assumes, are good people.” We cannot sugar coat this. This is hate speech, which incites people to see any Latinos as dangerous. When he said that an American of Latino heritage could not be his judge, he was telling the country that this ethnicity is less American than others (what Paul Ryan called “textbook racism.”) When he repeatedly uses the term “invasion” to describe migrants and asylum seekers, he cannot feign ignorance when killers in El Paso or Pittsburgh think they are being patriots by defending America against the imaginary “invasion” they have been told is happening on US soil. Using softer language like “unorthodox style” or “sensationalized rhetoric” normalizes what he is doing. The President has been inciting bigotry and even violence with his hate speech. In Christchurch, the killer directly referenced President Trump’s hate speech in his justification for murder. Even in his response to the mass shootings this weekend, he suggested tying gun reform legislation to “desperately needed immigration reform,” implying that if his proposals, such as building “The Wall” had been enacted, that would have somehow prevented a mass shooting. He continues to inflame anger even in our moment of national grief. Until he retracts and apologizes for his own incitement, including the calls for banning entire faiths, the racial slanders and stereotypes, and the promotion of fear mongering conspiracy theories, such as “birtherism”, millions of illegal voters, or full blown “invasion,” any visit to the victims of El Paso is insensitive and inappropriate.
— Sri Kulkarni

Bryan Berghoef (MI-02), "The work to do"

This past weekend was another heartbreaking reminder that we have a lot of work to do as a nation around violence and hatred.

Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones grieving in El Paso and Dayton. A friend of mine was in Dayton just days before this event and noted that the site of the shooting was a place he has been with friends before and it could easily have been him sitting there on that fateful evening. This is not an issue we can ignore because “it happens elsewhere.” The next time it may be in our own neighborhood.

I fully believe that we can no longer stand idly by and do nothing—and most gun owners I know agree with me. We are the only major developed nation in the world which continues to tolerate such violent and deadly shootings with no meaningful response.

I am willing to work across the aisle to fight for sensible gun legislation which expands background checks, eliminates loopholes, and adds training requirements while preserving second amendment rights. I’m also ready to listen to what residents in the 2nd District believe will make a difference on this issue.

This is in contrast with my opponent, who receives thousands of dollars in funding from the NRA and already twice this year has voted against bipartisan background check legislation. We can and must do better.

We must also not ignore the reality that the white nationalist subculture that has become more visible, and violent, in the past two years. On Sunday, many Republican leaders, including Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, said that white nationalist terrorism is becoming a significant problem in the United States.

The former assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, as well as many others, believe that the race-fueled rhetoric of President Donald Trump has helped to contribute to a political climate in which white supremacists feel emboldened to express their ideas and act on them.

We must oppose such rhetoric and call such acts of violence what they are: terrorism and a threat to our national security.

Please join me in calling on our elected officials to denounce any language which emboldens such acts of hatred, and to return to our core American values of welcoming people of all races, ethnicities, and backgrounds.

We are ready to work for a safer, more welcoming America, and are grateful to join you in that effort.
— Bryan Berghoef