Next election: November 6. 2018
We need common sense gun reform. We’ve allowed weapons capable of doing a lot of damage in a very short time to become too easily accessible. We can and must take steps to rectify that, while also honoring the 2nd amendment. A combination of thorough vetting (including mental health), registration, and disallowing mods that make weapons more deadly will save lives.
States need to take action, not continue to delay. Actions we need to take are an assault weapon ban, bump stick ban,and bans or limits on high capacity cartridges. We need universal background checks, and review the process for any ways people can slip through the system that shouldn’t. We need to restrict guns to those who have mental health problems, and can review that process to ensure it is fair. We need to call on Congress to fund the CDC to study the gun epidemic. To protect children we need armed security in schools, not armed teachers. We should be sitting down with law enforcement to see what else we can to to address the gun problem America faces and consider further measures like registration, longer waiting periods, liability insurance for gun makers and gun owners, and other measures to help reign in an out of control problem.
Home invasion, crime, violence, disasters, fire safety, drug and alcohol crimes, bike safety, vehicle safety, road safety are just some of the areas needed to be addressed and improved in communities and rural areas. Education is always a vital part of making a community safe and I would encourage and promote safety education. I support education about gun safety. A smart home is a safer home! Community organizations at all levels must work in partnership to develop and maintain a safe community.
In 2017, I started a local chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. I’ve cared deeply about this issue since the Sandy Hook school shooting and, like so many others, have become increasingly frustrated by the lack of action at both the state and federal levels to implement common sense solutions to address gun violence and protect students.And then I started thinking about running for office, realizing that I not only care about this issue but many others and believing that problems can be solved and change is possible. I learned a lot during my career with the Forest Service and was repeatedly tasked with bringing together people with very different viewpoints. I also know what it’s like to work in a male-dominated field and what it takes to be successful in that environment. I believe my background has prepared me well for the challenge of serving as an elected official in the Georgia General Assembly.
“We must continue to work to end gun violence. This should be a nonpartisan issue. Our children deserve to live their lives to the fullest. This is a humanitarian issue and concern.”
I absolutely believe that we need common sense gun reform. We should ban bump stocks. We should raise the minimum age to purchase a weapon to 21. We should also incorporate more extensive background checks to ensure that guns aren’t getting into the hands of the wrong people.
The time to do something to reduce gun violence and mass shootings in our schools and communities is now. We have stood by and done little to make a difference in an escalating problem. Common sense gun legislation can start with universal background checks for all gun sales and banning fully automatic weapons and high capacity magazines. We need to repeal “Campus Carry” and collaborate with schools and community organizations to help increase the number of counselors in schools and access to mental health in the community.
I am devastated that we have failed to protect our children from gun violence because of greed and the way in which we have allowed the NRA to take over influence in our government. I support increased gun safety laws federally and at the state level.
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I was and will continue to be opposed to campus carry and feel that even arming teachers is folly, as evidenced by recent events right here in my hometown of Dalton. However, I do believe that we need to do something to protect our children. These proposals involve metal detectors, armed individuals monitoring those detectors at certain times of the day and a complete ban on weapons beyond a certain point in the schools.
We need to become smart about gun ownership in this state. We don’t need guns on school campuses and no one needs an assault rifle other than military personnel. The Supreme Court has ruled against the legality of assault rifles. We should follow states like Connecticut in banning them. I’ll work to strengthen background checks and waiting periods. I’ll also push for red-flag legislation in Georgia. Mandatory gun safety training and insurance should be required for gun owners.
I was advised not to address the issue of gun violence because the powerful gun lobby in our country has shaped and controlled a segment of very vocal gun-rights enthusiasts. But the amount of gun violence in our nation is staggering and we must confront it head on. I want to start by saying, protecting people from the epidemic of gun violence is not the same as taking people’s guns. The 2nd Amendment was beneficial to arming our militias against the British in the 18th Century but has nothing to do with Americans in 2018. I also want to point out that I was a corrections officer and a gun owner, and my husband is 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.
Lisa Ring dominated her primary in Georgia’s First District, and now advances to face incumbent Republican Buddy Carter.
Next election: November 6, 2018
As a resident in Kennesaw, I understand the need for the Second Amendment. But I also recognize the need for common sense regulations. I believe through a combination of increased enforcement of existing laws, expansion of background checks to include private sales, and training on responsible gun ownership, we can make a significant impact on gun violence without creating an undue burden on the Second Amendment.
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