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."

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/

Jeremiah Landin (TX-31) Facebook Post

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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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

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/

Clint Koble (NV-02), News Clipping

Koble has recently taken on Amodei on the issue of gun safety, an especially sensitive topic in a district where every county except for Washoe County voted for President Donald Trump in 2016. Koble held a gun safety town hall Thursday at Swill Coffee and Wine in Reno, just four days after the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio and five days after El Paso, Texas’s mass shooting.

“Our Congressman Mark Amodei voted against the bipartisan universal background check act of 2019. He not only voted against us, but he voted against some members of his own party,” said Koble. “If he’s not going to have town halls on this tough subject, I’ll have a darn bunch more of them.”

At the town hall, attended by a group of about 20-30 mostly older attendees, Koble shared a list of 21 ideas to increase gun safety, including an assault weapon buy-back program, combating extremism by identifying groups, and funding studies by the CDC to identify what causes mass shootings.
— Taylor Avery, Nevada Independent
Source: https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/k...

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.
— https://www.facebook.com/DanaBalterForCongress/

Carolyn Long (WA-03) Issue Statement

I support Americans’ 2nd Amendment right to bear arms; however, we must treat the epidemic of gun violence like the public health crisis that it is. We have a duty to seek bipartisan solutions that will have an effective, lasting impact on gun violence. Policies like closing the loopholes on background checks, funding CDC research into gun violence, and closing the gun show loophole already have wide bipartisan support and we owe the thousands of victims of gun violence action instead of thoughts.

As a mother of a teenage daughter who goes to public school, and as an educator working at a public University, I share the worries of families who fear for their children’s safety when they should be focused on their education. It is a shame that our children are murdered and we do nothing to solve the problem because of special interest groups like the NRA.

Washington state is leading the way with sensible gun laws and the other Washington should follow our lead. We are saving lives with laws that temporarily restrict firearms from domestic abusers and those that have been adjudicated mentally ill. Congress needs to act and enact these kinds of laws at the Federal level.

All too often, the debate on guns focuses only on homicides when, in fact, over 60% of gun deaths are suicides. The research is clear: guns allow people to kill themselves much more easily than other methods. Families need to have the ability to work with law enforcement and mental health professionals to prevent tragedy and save lives.
— https://electlong.com/priorities/#gun-violence-prevention

Vangie Williams (VA-01) Issue Statement

It is well-settled law that the Second Amendment protects the individual right to bear arms. I support this individual right of responsible and law abiding American citizens.

As someone who has lost a loved one to gun violence, I am not willing to accept the idea that the Second Amendment holds us powerless to prevent nearly 40,000 deaths and nearly 100,000 injuries from firearms each year in the United States. The answer is not found in arbitrary bans but in promoting responsible firearm ownership.

As your representative, I will work to promote the purchase of gun safes through tax incentives. Mass shootings make headlines, but suicides make up the vast majority of gun deaths each year. By preventing juvenile thoughts from turning into dangerous adult actions, we help prevent thousands of deaths. Responsible firearm storage also protects from accidental discharge when a toddler or a neighborhood friend finds a hidden firearm and believes it is a toy. Finally, increased use of gun safes will slow the proliferation of stolen firearms that account for nearly one-fourth of violent gun deaths annually.

An overwhelming majority of Americans agree that we need universal background checks to prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands. We have to close loopholes that currently allow 1 in 5 guns to be sold in “no questions asked” transactions through private and online sales. That’s millions of guns sold without a background check and can easily fall into the hands of criminals and domestic abusers.

I will do more to prevent ownership of firearms by those who have battered their partner or spouse. While many states, including Virginia, have laws against firearm ownership by a spouse batterer, there are few requirements to actually check up on whether someone has actually surrendered their arms. The same issue exists at the federal level.

For too long, special interests have fought to prevent you from having access to the information that allows you to support intelligent policy. Never again can we allow people like Rob Wittman to co-sponsor bills like the SHARE (Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement) Act which removes restrictions on the use of silencers and flash suppressors and prevents the ATF from classifying ammunition as being “armor piercing.” Or vote on spending bills that curtail the ability of the Centers for Disease Control to perform meaningful research on how we can be safer without curtailing the rights of law-abiding Americans.

I speak to the silent majority of responsible gun owners who are justified in their fear of a gun grab but also don’t want to live in fear that their children will be the next victim. I ask you to join me in a fight that respects the individual right to bear arms and does more to protect the most vulnerable among us.
— https://vangieforcongress.com/issues/gun-reform/

Carol Iannuzzi (TX-26) Issue Statement

I am a Native Texan and have respect for individuals’ rights to the 2nd Amendment. As a mom, the thought of children in schools or in the interfaith communities not being safe is unacceptable to me.

In Congress, I will work to:

Require criminal background checks on every gun sale: Background checks protect the rights of responsible gun owners and save lives. Loopholes in our current laws allow felons, domestic abusers, and the severely mentally ill to avoid background checks by buying guns, often online, from sellers who are not required by federal law to run background checks. Background checks are the best way to ensure folks who are a danger to themselves or others are not able to legally purchase firearms.

Keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals and domestic abusers: A woman is five times more likely to die if a gun is present in a domestic violence situation. We must close loopholes that allow abusive dating partners or spouses, and individuals who have been convicted of misdemeanor stalking to purchase guns.

Keep weapons of war off our streets. I applaud the swift action by the government of New Zealand that banned military-style semi-automatic weapons, assault rifles, and high-capacity magazines following mass shootings. We can do this here in America!

Support Red Flag laws. An individual deemed a risk to themselves or others should not have access to firearms. Additionally, there are multiple examples of warning signs with individuals who have committed mass shootings. Red flag laws give family members and law enforcement officials the ability to temporarily restrict access to firearms to individuals who are at risk. This bipartisan solution can and will save lives.

Support firearm research: I support appropriately funding the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) so it can perform research into mental health issues. We want research to help identify the appropriate policies to aid in the prevention of gun violence.
— https://carol2020.com/#/gun-violence-prevention/

Gina Collias (NC-10) Issue Statement

The Republican Party refuses to enact common sense gun reforms, that a majority of gun owners support, because they are dependent on the NRA for money. I support universal background checks and closing the gun show loopholes. This isn’t about taking away the rights of responsible, law-abiding gun owners. This is about making our country safer and preventing additional mass shootings.

I am a gun owner, and I believe in the importance of the 2nd Amendment and the right of law-abiding citizens to bear arms. No matter what, it’s time for our leaders to listen to our real fears, not about losing our guns, but getting news that our child has been shot. Enough is enough. I will work hard to ensure the safety of our children.

As a mom, I am guided by my moral compass, and I will not accept any funding from the NRA. We need passage of common sense gun laws. We need national discussions on what will work including higher age requirements for purchase, robust mental health, universal background checks that are coordinated between federal and state agencies, and funding for CDC research into the causes of gun violence.

I will not be bullied by a gun lobby at the expense of our kids. I will represent you.

Tedra Cobb (NY-21) Issue Statement

Tedra Cobb is committed to maintaining an individual’s access to firearms for safe hunting and personal protection, while working to minimize gun violence, an escalating public health crisis. She calls on Congress to reject partisanship and address the issue with reason, integrity and cooperation.

By working together, we can ensure public health and safety while maintaining the freedoms guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment.

Congress has a moral and legal obligation to institute gun-related policies that protect the people.

We must reject partisanship and approach discussions about gun rights and public safety with sensitivity, objectivity and pragmatism.

Fully fund and allow the Centers for Disease Control to research causes of and solutions to gun violence.

Implement effective universal background checks for all gun sales, whether at gun shows, via the internet or at retailers.

Ban bump stocks and all other modifications that make a firearm fully automatic.

Expand protections under domestic violence statutes for domestic partners and victims of stalking.

Prohibit people who have committed hate crimes and/or who are on the terror watch list from purchasing guns.

Increase mental health service screenings to make sure questions are asked to determine whether those at risk of self-harm or harming others have access to firearms.

Revoke conceal-and-carry reciprocity that allows persons with permits from states with looser laws from carrying a firearm in states with stronger laws, like New York.

Increase funding and support for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).

RELATED POLICY POSITIONS

Repeal the Tiahart Amendment, which requires that ATF gun traces be performed on paper, effectively making them useless in prevention of trafficking, and prohibits the ATF from requiring gun dealers to perform regular inventory checks.

Support campaign finance reforms that prevent organizations from bribing their representatives with campaign dollars.

Reject the idea of arming teachers in public schools.

Require gun safety courses and exams before issuing a license to purchase any gun.
— https://www.tedracobb.com/issues/addressing-gun-violence/

Katy Geppert (MO-03) Issue Statement

Did you know that Blaine Luetkemeyer has received aid from the NRA to the tune of almost $40,000.001? While he has gladly accepted their money, people’s lives are being negatively impacted by gun violence all over our country. I will demand legislation to repeal the Dickey Amendment in order to open the door for the CDC to conduct more comprehensive studies of gun violence. I will also work for legislation that requires universal background checks and prohibits the sale of high capacity magazines.

This is a problem that we, as a society, can solve if we all come to the table.

Our schools and churches should be places where we can all feel safe, but they have become a primary target of those who seek to use gun violence to terrorize our communities. Real reform is achievable if we work together to reduce gun violence, suicides, and mass shootings in our communities.
— https://katygeppertforcongress.com/issues/

Ian Todd (MN-06) Issue Statement

We need to implement universal background checks because they work. The vast majority of gun owners are law abiding citizens who just love to hunt or are concerned with protecting themselves. There’s no reason background checks can’t be done like TSA pre-checks with simple review processes done like obtaining a new fishing or hunting license (it could be done at the same time, in fact). To provide further ease to this system, we need to allow electronic registration of firearms. All firearms are required to be registered already, but for some ungodly reason, it has to be done by paper. We need to usher the industry into the new century, like everything else.

Finally, we must also repeal the Dickey Amendment. Gun violence must be researched in order to combat this problem. Even Dickey himself regretted the amendment and recognized the importance of gun violence research.
— https://www.iantoddforcongress.com/theissues

Cathy Albro (MI-03) Issue Statement

When I was a young girl, two accidental shootings shook my family. My cousin shot his brother, my uncle shot his cousin. Both died. Back then we didn’t talk about it a lot. But it really tore the family apart.

Since then senseless gun violence has continued. The recent Parkland, Florida shooting is part of a long line of tragedy. Enough is enough. We have a gun problem.

Since Sandy Hook, 430 children have been killed in schools. I wonder how those parents feel knowing their children might still be alive today if Congress had the courage to act. We cannot sit back and let the NRA make decisions for us. Students are leading the movement against gun violence and it’s time for us to support and listen. I vow to fight for the safety of our children and all of us who are potential victims of senseless gun violence.

The United States is the only developed country on earth where citizens have easy access to high powered weapons. State-by-state patchwork approaches to confront this serious public safety issue are not good enough. Many killers pass current background checks in their states or fall through the cracks completely.

We must demand reasonable gun restrictions. Restrictions on freedoms granted by the Constitution have been implemented throughout our history for the safety of society. I respect the Constitutional right to have a weapon. We must also meet our Constitutional obligation to provide for the common defense and general welfare of our people. In Congress, I promise to stand up to the NRA and pass commonsense gun laws. I will work to find compassionate colleagues on both sides of the aisle to stand with me. In Congress I will defend your rights: your rights to the 2nd Amendment AND your rights for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Weapons designed for military use should only be in the hands of those well qualified to use them.

We must study gun violence. And the dialogue cannot end there.

We need to invest in our teachers, support staff, and specialized services. They truly hold an important key to the life-long mental health of all in the U.S. Our children need support in finding constructive outlets for their anger. They need educators trained in de-escalation. Educators should not carry guns in their classrooms.
— https://cathyalbroforcongress.com/the-issues/

Alexandra Owensby (KY-04) Issue Statement

I am a firm believer in the Second Amendment. I believe people should absolutely be allowed to keep their guns. I also believe that with great power comes great responsibility and we need laws in place to ensure proper licensing and training goes into gun ownership. I also think we need to protect the second amendment with researching gun violence and ways to prevent it from occurring. Only by making gun violence less common and gun ownership safer can we truly protect the Second Amendment.
— https://amowensby.com/why-me