Ted Terry (GA-Sen), "We can stop gun violence. Here's just one way"

Gun violence is one of America’s biggest public health crises — and it can be prevented.

There’s no single cure for this epidemic. But “red flag” laws — which have already saved lives in 15 states and Washington, DC — are a powerful first step.

It’s easy to see how these laws have prevented tragedies: They empower loved ones to speak up when they see warning signs and temporarily block access to weapons for people who pose an extreme risk of harming themselves or others.

Georgia lawmakers are already considering this lifesaving legislation. Together, our voices can make our state a safer place to live, work, and go to school.
— Ted Terry

Teresa Tomlinson (GA-Sen), "We start with background checks on all sales, an assault weapons and high capacity magazine ban, and red flag laws"

There have been 289 mass shootings in the United States in the first 245 days of 2019.

If David Perdue and Mitch McConnell continue to go along with the NRA’s wishes and block any action, we can expect more than 500 mass shootings between now and January 3, 2021. That’s the date the next Congress will be sworn in – and the Senate must have a Democratic majority if we are to make any kind of progress to solve gun violence.

We will eliminate the filibuster. We will take on the Republican senators who continue to accept what is essentially blood money from the NRA, and we will pass common sense gun safety legislation. But first, we need to defeat David Perdue.

I believe responsible gun owners must be part of the solution to our gun violence epidemic. That’s why there is no difference in the message I deliver, whether I’m speaking to March For Our Lives activists in Roswell or gun owners in Bainbridge. When you step away from the dysfunction of Washington, you find surprising consensus over what needs to be done. There is widespread agreement to:

✅ Ban assault weapons
✅ Require background checks on all gun sales
✅ Ban high capacity magazines
✅ Implement red flag laws

Let me be clear. David Perdue and Mitch McConnell’s failure to allow a vote on any reasonable gun reform legislation is an outrage. Putting the interests of gun manufacturers before the lives of their constituents violates the public trust that we are supposed to place in our leaders, but is so lacking today.

I want you to imagine a government that actually serves you.
— Teresa Tomlinson

Rachel Kinsey (GA-11) Issue Statement

Firearms have been a cornerstone of our nation’s freedoms since our constitution was ratified in 1788. Firearms are an essential component of protecting ourselves, our families, and our businesses. Every time the tragedy of gun violence robs a family of a parent or child, it serves as a cruel reminder that some of our citizens should not be able to purchase guns due to a lack of respect for the awesome responsibility required to be a sensible gun owner.

After all of the horrific shootings from Parkland, to Sandy Hook, to Las Vegas, and others, we still have not acted to restrict gun sales to people who lack the mental capacity to act with the utmost respect for the safety of others. Responsible people should be allowed to purchase guns that suit their needs for self-defense and sportsmanship. No gun owner need fear that we are trying to take away their constitutional right to bear arms.

A sensible gun policy would benefit gun owners by weeding out those who are unfit for gun ownership. No longer would responsible gun owners be lumped together with those who do not share their respect and care for others’ well-being. The vast majority of gun owners want universal background checks so as to minimize the likelihood that a gun falls into the wrong hands and sullies the good name of responsible gun owners. In addition, banning bump stocks, raising the legal age to purchase firearms to 21, and banning high-capacity magazines and assault rifles that are designed for the maximum killing of humans during a war would benefit gun owners while respecting their right to self-defense and sporting.
— https://kinsey4congress.com/issues/

Nabilah Islam (GA-07) Issue Statement

There is a crisis in our country. All too often there are acts of senseless gun violence in schools, at places of worship and in our public spaces. That’s why I am committed to taking on the NRA who has spent countless dollars attempting buy and pay for Congress. We need to end violence, protect our communities and our law enforcement. These laws affect our most vulnerable

The NRA doesn’t care how many lives are taken as long as gun manufacturers continue to make money. They spend billions to see to it. We must have universal background checks, Close dangerous loopholes, and reinstate the federal assault weapons ban.
— https://www.nabilahforcongress.com/common-sense-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