Janie Zimmerman (VA H60) Issue Statement

Janie believes that guns are a safety issue the way they are handled now. She believes in universal background checks with a database the connects across all states. Automatic weapons and large magazines should be outlawed. Open carry laws should not allow people to carry a gun anywhere they choose, there should be more restrictions, just as an officer can’t bring a gun into a prison, civilians should not be able to bring guns into a school, a church, or other highly populated areas.
— https://www.janiezva60.org/the-issues

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/

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.

Jennie Lou Leeder (TX-21) Issue Statement

We need commonsense gun law reform in our country. This includes closing the gun show and internet purchase loopholes, changing the legal age to 21 to purchase long guns, and making automatic weapons and bump stocks illegal. I would support the reinstatement of the Clinton Assault Weapon Ban. As a former teacher, I strongly oppose the president’s proposal to arm teachers. Our educators have a job to do, and that job does not include serving as an armed patrol. I do believe that we need community service officers on school campuses to increase campus safety and act as liaisons with vital service providers in the community.
— https://www.jennielouleeder.com/the-issues

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).

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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/

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/

Lisa Ring (GA-01) Issue Statement

I want to start by saying, protecting people from the epidemic of gun violence is not the same as taking people’s guns. I was advised not to address the issue of gun violence at all, because the powerful gun lobby in our country has shaped and controlled a segment of gun-rights enthusiasts who are vocally confusing the two. But the amount of gun violence in our nation is staggering, and we must confront it head on.

The 2nd Amendment was beneficial to arming our militias against the British in the 18th Century, but has nothing to do with what will best keep Americans safe in 2018. I point this out as a former corrections officer and a gun owner, and the wife of an infantryman and gun owner. Addressing the issue of guns in our country is about having sensible protections for society. This is not too much to expect from our Congress.

As of the writing of this, January 31, 2018, there have been 4,559 shooting incidents this year in the U.S. In that one-month period, 1,219 people were shot to death. Last year in the 1st District of Georgia, 38 people died from gun violence, 17 of them were children under the age of 17. This is a public health crisis and we need to treat it as such.

We can reduce gun violence together by creating a culture of gun safety — funding CDC research, passing sensible gun laws, and collaborating as communities to address the issue. Sensible gun legislation would include:

Universal background checks for all gun sales (which 95% of Americans support).

Required training and on-going refresher training.

Banning accessories for assault style weapons that use the recoil to fire shots in rapid succession and high capacity magazines for civilians.

Limiting bulk purchases of handguns, requiring reporting for lost or stolen guns, and keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and those at-risk for violent behavior.

Keeping guns out of inappropriate areas, like school campuses and establishments serving alcohol.

Since there are almost twice as many suicide deaths by guns than homicides (22,000 per year), mental health treatment and the removal of its stigma, as well as suicide prevention programs, are crucial components to reducing gun violence.

While sensible gun legislation greatly reduces gun violence, we must also work within our communities to address the causes of violence, particularly in our underserved urban communities where homicide rates are often 10 times the national average. By creating mentoring programs, group violence intervention programs, cure violence intervention programs, and hospital-based intervention programs, we can follow the lead of Richmond, California. At one time, Richmond was one of the most violent places in America. Through the passage of strong, sensible gun laws, and collaborating with respected leaders in the community to form and implement violence intervention programs, their gun homicide rate dropped over 75%.

We can do the same across our country. It is beyond time to fix the scourge of gun violence that has gripped our nation. In my lifetime, we have lost over a million and a half people to gun violence. That number is greater than the number of Americans lost in all wars combined. It’s time for lawmakers and communities to stand together to end this senseless loss of lives to gun violence.
— https://www.lisaringforcongress.com/gun-violence

Dana Cottrell (FL-11) Issue Statement

Amendment One to the Constitution gives us the right to free speech; however that right does not mean we have the right to falsely scream, “fire” in a crowd.

This interpretation was decided in the Supreme Court Case Schenck v. United States, 1919. Writing the opinion of the unanimous court, Justice Oliver Wendall Holmes Jr. stated, “The question in every case is whether the words are used in such circumstances and are of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger that they will bring about the substantive evils that Congress has a right to prevent.”

This ruling has created an often used phrase of protecting against “clear and present danger.”

Let us now change one word. Take out “words,” and replace with “guns.”

The question in every case is whether the GUNS are used in such circumstances and are of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger that they will bring about the substantive evils that Congress has a right to prevent.

Congress should enact legislation to protect all Americans just as we have done with car safety. No one is taking away the right to own a gun, just like no one has taken away your right to own a car.

Congress should enact legislation to: ban assault rifles and bump stocks, establish background checks with mandatory waiting periods, bar the mentally ill and those convicted of violent crimes from gun ownership, close all gun show loopholes, and establish a national gun registry. It should be mandatory that gun manufacturers include fingerprint identification systems on all guns. The “smart gun,” much like our “smart phones,” would go a long way in preventing circumstances that create a clear and present danger to our citizens.

March 23 addition: There should never be guns in schools. This represents a breakdown in our society, and arming teachers and school personnel is NOT the answer.
— https://dana2020.com/607/issues/social-issues/