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.”

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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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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

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

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/

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

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.

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!
— https://www.facebook.com/chriseagle4congress/