Margaret Good (FL-16), "Stand with me against gun violence"

Earlier this month, our country lost more than 30 people in less than 24 hours in two mass shootings. El Paso, Dayton, Parkland, Pulse, Charleston. And it’s not just mass shootings — people are dying every day from gun violence. It is past time we take action.

That’s why my colleagues and I are calling for a special session of the Florida Legislature — to bring forward legislation that would curb gun violence.

The inaction has gone on for far too long, and we can’t accept it any longer. There are some foundational things that we can do that would have far-reaching impacts. We have called for the legislature to:

Implement universal background checks

Prohibit the sale, transfer, or possession of large-capacity magazines

Revise requirements for the safe storage of weapons in the home

Strengthen red flag legislation

Create an Urban Core Gun Violence Task Force

We cannot wait to take action on these proposals — many of which have bipartisan support. Real lives are on the line and it is our job to make this country safer for our generation and future generations.

Together, we will work to make these proposals a reality.
— Margaret Good

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

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

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

Peter Khalil (WA-03) Issue Statement

39,773 Americans were killed by guns in 2017, the highest number in 50 years. Guns kill more adolescents in this country than cancer does. School shootings are routine. Communities of color experience disproportionately high homicide rates. As trauma surgeons across the country have argued so eloquently, gun violence is a serious public health issue. It doesn’t have to be this way. Cities and states across the country have managed to cut gun violence significantly without denying the 2nd amendment. We have the right to feel safe at school, at the movies, at work, and at worship.

Common-sense gun safety laws have been proven to work in the states that pass them, Washington included. If we pass these gun laws federally, we can save lives while still taking into account differences in gun culture in urban and rural areas. We need universal background checks for all firearms sales, no exceptions. Background checks help keep weapons out of the hands of people with a proven history of violence, including domestic violence and stalking.

Though these gun safety measures will help decrease gun violence in America, it will take a comprehensive push to address the many factors that drive gun violence at a societal level. We are often prevented from having a sustained, honest conversation on the issue because of the influence of the gun lobby in both state and federal politics. It is also true that 60% of gun deaths are suicides. This number is as high as it is because of both the easy availability of guns and the narrow availability of mental healthcare. Anti-corruption legislation and universal mental healthcare are as much a part of ending gun deaths as universal background checks.
— https://www.khalilforcongress.com/category/gun-violence/

Dee Thornton (IN-05) Issue Statement

I support Second Amendment rights, and I recognize the need for common sense gun legislation. I strongly support gun reform.
The facts show that more than 150,000 students – in at least 170 schools – have experienced a shooting on campus since the Columbine High School massacre. Ninety-one percent of children under the age of 15 who have lost their lives to a bullet lived right here in the United States. Not all wounds are visible. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder affects up to 70 percent of the kids who witness these attacks. We must do better for our children and for ourselves.

As your representative, I am committed to working toward:

● Reinstating the ban on semi-automatic assault weapons: Weapons that were made for the military don’t belong in the hands of private citizens. Law enforcement and military leaders agree. After the Parkland shooting, three-fourths of Americans are in favor of banning assault-style weapons.

● Banning bump stocks: Bump fire stocks make it easier for a shooter to fire rounds in rapid succession. More than eight in 10 Americans supports banning these dangerous devices.

● Strengthening background checks and closing current loopholes: We need to ensure that background checks are performed for each and every person purchasing a gun, whether they purchase the firearm at a retail store, online, or person-to-person at a gun show. We must strengthen background checks by closing the three-day loophole that allows automatic approval of a permit within three days.

● Raising the age for purchase: While the county is waiting for Congress to take action, at least four major retailers have stepped up to do what our representatives will not. They have recognized that it makes no sense for it to be harder to buy a beer than a gun. We must raise the age for purchase to 21 years nationally.

● Exploring licensing for gun ownership: If our driver’s licenses must be renewed, so should our gun licenses. We need to reevaluate our requirements for gun licensing. We must stop proposals for concealed carry reciprocity across our country, which have a profound impact on state public safety. Our state’s gun laws must be respected.

● Supporting, increasing, and enhancing services for mental health: While healthcare access is being rolled back by the current administration, the need for increased and enhanced mental health services is clear. We must take a multi-factor approach in our efforts to reducing violence. Supporting access to mental health care is necessary to that process.

Tackling gun violence will take all of us working together – Republicans and Democrats alike – to find innovative and effective solutions to this complex problem. Let’s start with common sense and build from there.
— http://www.deethorntonforcongress.com/gun-reform

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

Andrew Romanoff (CO-Sen) Issue Statement

Over the last 25 years, I’ve met too many people all across Colorado who have lost loved ones to gun violence. My family joined that grim list in 2015.

We’re not alone. Gun violence claims the lives of more than 100 Americans each day, most by suicide. Gun violence is now the second leading cause of death among children—giving the U.S. the highest known rate in the world.

We’re making some progress in Colorado. In 2019 the state authorized judges to issue extreme risk protection orders in order to keep weapons from individuals who pose a significant danger to themselves or others.

Such “red flag” laws reduce death tolls and comport with the Constitution. My colleagues and I at Mental Health Colorado teamed up with law-enforcement leaders and gun-safety advocates to advance this proposal.

No such progress seems possible in Washington. Despite the daily drumbeat of gun violence, the gun lobby continues to block even modest reforms.

Enough is enough. We can and must take common-sense steps to save lives.

Here’s how:

Require background checks and waiting periods on all gun sales.

Strengthen the enforcement of existing gun laws, including the ban on straw purchases and bump stocks.

Equip the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives with the resources it needs to carry out its proper mission.

Impose an effective ban on the sale, transfer, manufacture, and importation of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

Limit bulk gun purchases.

Fund federal research on gun violence prevention.

Extend the prohibition on gun sales to abusive partners and those convicted of stalking offenses.

End legal immunity for the gun industry.

Promote safe-storage requirements.

Fund local, evidence-based strategies to prevent gun violence.
— https://andrewromanoff.com/priority/prevent-gun-violence/

Mike Johnston (CO-Sen) Issue Statement

As a state Senator, Mike Johnston took on the NRA twice, and won, helping pass legislation to implement universal background checks and ban high-capacity magazines in Colorado.

Mike’s priorities for addressing gun violence in the Senate include:

Implementing universal background checks and closing the gun show loophole.

Banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

Keeping guns out of the hands of those who have hurt or intend to hurt others, including domestic abusers, stalkers and those who commit hate crimes.

Passing a national Extreme Risk Protection Order law, so if there is reason to believe someone is a risk to themselves or others, their guns can be temporarily removed until they are no longer a risk.

Treating gun violence like the health crisis it is and funding research into how to address it.

Giving schools better resources to spot threats and provide interventions.

Making sure guns are stored safely in homes with children to prevent accidents and suicide.
— https://www.mikejohnstonforcolorado.com/policy/gun-safety/

Lorena Garcia (CO-Sen) Issue Statement

One of our nation’s greatest threats to our public health is gun violence leading to the most common cause of death for young men. 22,000 lives are taken by guns every year. We must take swift action to curb gun violence by implementing data-driven gun safety regulations.

Repeal the Dickey Amendment and encourage and fund gun violence research and solution implementation

Require licensure and education on handling guns

Address root causes including bullying, mental health, and poverty

Universal background checks for EVERY gun sale

Federal buy back program for all military grade guns
— https://lorenaforsenate.com/issues/

Regina Marston (CA-42) Issue Statement

I respect the 2nd Amendment, but I also respect what Justice Antonin Scalia ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller in the Supreme Court in 2008. “The right to possess firearms in America is not unlimited.” I’m for gun laws that remove the ability for guns to end up in the hands of criminals or those who are mentally unstable. I am strongly for banning all automatic weapons, and devices that turn a semi-automatic weapon into an automatic weapon. Those guns should not be in the hands of civilians. They are for fighting wars and for killing people. Not shooting deer.

We must fix the problems in the nationwide system of background checks, which requires firearm dealers to verify with the FBI that a purchaser isn’t a felon, fugitive, domestic abuser or dangerously mentally ill. The fact that only federal, but not state, agencies are required to submit data to the background-check database; and thousands of cases of violence by military service members are not reported is not acceptable. These loopholes must be closed. I will work to pass legislation that closes the loopholes for background checks across all jurisdictions and to enact background checks at all private sales and gun shows.

Not everyone who is mentally ill is going to become a mass shooter, but we must be able to ensure that those who have shown signs of hurting themselves or others and have guns, are prevented from doing so. We must seek to assist families with laws like California’s Laura’s law allows family members or law enforcement officials to seek a temporary restraining order barring a potentially violent person from purchasing guns and removing any already in their possession. The mantra, “if you see something, say something” needs to extend to our police and sheriff’s offices, so that people are allowed to report strange behavior that could become violent. Physicians also should be empowered to ask patients if they own guns and encourage the family to seek a gun order if they’re worried. I will work to pass legislation that will emulate California’s law to ensure families, law enforcement, and physicians can take action to protect their loved one from harming themselves or others.

We need to reinstate the 1994 Assault Weapons ban, with updated language to deal with all new technologies immediately. If elected, I’ll work with my colleagues in the House and Senator Diane Feinstein to pass legislation that will ban assault weapons, ammunition, and any technology or products designed to create an assault style weapon.
— http://reginamarston.com/more-issues/

Hiral Tipirneni (AZ-06) Issue Statement

As an ER doctor, I’ve seen the trauma, suffering and devastating loss of life from gun violence up close. The destruction it causes to the victims, their families and communities is heartbreaking and, oftentimes, avoidable.

I also support Second Amendment rights overall for law-abiding Americans to obtain firearms through legal channels to protect their homes, themselves and their families, and for hunting and sport. I do not see supporting both the Second Amendment and commonsense gun safety reform as mutually exclusive, though, and I find it increasingly difficult to follow arguments justifying the possession of military-grade weapons and similar accessories by the general public.

America, the only industrialized nation with this degree of violence, should address it as a public health issue. The U.S. has a history of using data-driven policies to make us safer – seat belts, child car seats, airbags. We should restore funding for gun violence research so that our policies actually have a positive impact on public safety. Are current laws effective? If not, why and what can be done to improve their implementation, or should the law itself be completely reformed?

The discussion should include innovative technologies, such as biometric locks and affordable, safe storage solutions.

I believe commonsense gun safety reform can ultimately be accomplished while protecting the rights of lawful gun owners. There is already consensus between households with firearms and those without, which include:

Closing the Internet and gun show “loopholes” by requiring background checks;

“No-fly, no buy” so that those on terrorist watch lists have harder access to firearms;

Ensuring that purchasers have passed necessary background checks, properly registered their firearm(s), and received appropriate gun safety training.

Finally, mental health must also be part of equation. Mass shootings are truly horrific and instantly capture our attention. However, suicides and homicides make up nearly 90% of gun-related deaths according to 2016 data available. When addressing the issue of gun violence, we too often ignore the contributing role of mental health issues, including substance abuse and addiction, to our regrettable detriment.
— https://hiralforcongress.com/issues/second-amendment-rights/

Anita Malik (AZ-06) Issue Statement

We can and must be consistent with the Second Amendment and still protect our families from senseless violence. This protects responsible gun owners just as much as it does everyone. Let’s protect our rights by making sure they aren’t abused.

Implement background checks for every person and every transaction, no excuses.

End gun show loopholes for third-party sellers and loopholes online.

Expand gun safety training to keep families safe.

Fund mental care and behavioral health to curtail gun violence.
— https://www.anitaforarizona.com/issues
Source: https://www.anitaforarizona.com/issues