The shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio are horrific. Over the past twenty-four hours, 29 people have been murdered and over four dozen injured in what can only be called acts of terrorism. My wife Cathy’s and my hearts break for those who lost friends and loved ones.We were longtime residents of El Paso. Our sons were born there. Through dear friends and colleagues, I am also personally connected to the greater Dayton area. However, it doesn’t take a personal connection to inspire me to act against these atrocious instances of hate-fueled gun violence.This year, the Democratic majority in the US House acted in a bipartisan manner to address gun violence. They passed HR 8, which strengthened background checks, and in other legislation closed the Charleston Loophole. But more needs to be done. My resolve to fight for common sense gun regulation is strengthened by the tragedies in El Paso, Dayton, and lest we forget, the 248 other mass shootings that have happened this year.I believe that automatic rifles and high-capacity clips are battlefield weapons that must stay on the battlefield—and not in our communities. We can celebrate Michigan’s hunting and outdoor heritage while also keeping our families safe. Thoughts and prayers are not enough. It is time for the legislative action that the American people demand.
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.
Most gun owners I know agree that our current inaction in response to mass shootings cannot continue. 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.
The conversation around the prevention of violent mass shootings while upholding our second amendment right can exist. I, like a majority of Americans, believe in common sense gun laws which includes: expanded background checks, bans on bump stocks, and preserving the current ban on silencers.
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.