“I know firsthand how violence can shape, change and even end lives. In the legislature, I will do everything in my power to keep guns out of the hands of the wrong people - I will fight the NRA and the gun lobby, I will fight to ban military style assault weapons, I will fight for criminal background checks on all gun sales to keep guns out of the hands of felons, domestic abusers and people with serious mental illnesses, and I will fight to protect our kids because American children should not have to live in fear that their school will become the site of this country’s next mass shooting. Colorado has been afflicted with the tragedy of mass shootings too many times. Innocent people lose their lives every day to this plague of gun violence. We can and must take action now. “
I do not wish to repeal the 2nd Amendment, and I do not want to take away people’s hunting rifles, shotguns, or pistols that are used for self-defense. However, I would like to eliminate the possession of weapons that were designed to kill large numbers of people as quickly as possible. This would include military weapons like the AR-15 and its derivatives, AK-74’s, and such. There is no reason why people need these weapons or accessories such as large capacity magazines, bump stocks, etc. I served 28 years in the US Army Reserve, so I understand what these weapons were designed to do and what they are capable of doing. When it comes to the possession of these weapons versus the safety of our citizens, including school children, I will always choose the safety of our kids. It is absolutely ridiculous that any 18-year old with $600 can walk into a gun store and walk out with a military-style weapon.
In 1993, a teenage gunman walked into a children’s pizza place near my family’s home and killed 4 people. Then, in 1999, I remember being locked down in a classroom while SWAT teams swept my school’s hallways during the Columbine shooting. Acts of mass violence plague our society and have disproportionately affected Colorado. Something must change.Coloradans understand the importance of putting measures in place to prevent mass killers from buying military-grade weapons to use on innocent people. Here are the specific policies I support:A full assault weapons banStatewide ban on bump stocksRaising the legal age to purchase a weapon from 18 to 21“Red Flag” (extreme risk protection order) legislation, as five other states have done, which allows a judge to temporarily prohibit someone from possessing or buying firearms while they are deemed a danger to themselves or others based on the recommendation of family or law enforcement.I will also introduce a measure that would prohibit ownership of firearms to anyone who has been convicted of domestic violence or animal cruelty, as we have seen this pattern of behavior in many shooters.I will not allow the second amendment argument enable mass killers to buy military grade weapons.