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. 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.
As a high school educator I have agonized over what to say to my students the day after such a terrible unthinkable tragedy. Unfortunately I have stood in front of my students many times in my years of teaching to address a school shooting.I have no words left. Adults have failed our young people. I sincerely hope that young people can do what we have failed to do. I entered this race after the Douglas High shooting in Parkland Florida. My pledge to young students is when I am elected....my first priority with all my heart and soul is to make your school safe!!!!
Lansing politicians are putting politics before our safety. I am committed to supporting our 2nd amendment rights, while fighting to create evidence-based solutions which make our communities safer. These solutions include efforts to ensure background checks on gun sales, keep guns out of schools, and to keep weapons out of the hands of dangerous people. With gun safety as a priority, we can curb an epidemic of violence that touches all of us.
. It is our duty as Americans to protect and stand with our children. I will stand and protect our children and lead the charge for Michigan to lead the nation on this very issue. As a potential Michigan State Senator, if that means fighting for a State of Michigan assault rifles ban, then I will fight for that ban. If it means fighting for comprehensive mental health reform, then I will fight for comprehensive mental health reform. It is my pledge, that I will fight to reform government, in order to fight for the reforms needed, that will end this crisis of school massacres.
It’s heartbreaking that our children and youth are afraid in their own schools, which should be a haven of safety. We have failed them as a society, and I am committed to working to change this wrong and entirely unnecessary situation. An outspoken advocate for common sense gun safety measures, I am proud to have received the “Gun Sense Candidate” distinction from Moms Demand Action, the nation’s leading gun safety advocacy organization. I also was one of the first elected leaders in Michigan to take the “No NRA money” pledge. And I am a member of the Moms Demand Action group in Washtenaw County, and have participated in several gun violence prevention rallies and marches.
I will never take a dollar from the NRA. We need meaningful reform in this country, and we can model what that looks like in this state. While I do not support gun bans or confiscation, I do support one form of gun control.We should make background checks mandatory for any firearm commerce, including sales, inheritance, gifting, or any other form of exchange. As a part of this, we must expand background checks to ensure they ask the following:1) Whether the person has a history of domestic violence,2) Whether the person has been institutionalized for violent mental illness in the past 5 years,3) Whether the person has a history of violent crime more severe than civil infractions, and4) Whether the person is on a terror watch list.
Last year, our legislature tried to allow concealed carry in schools which I am very against. They tried to pass it to “fix” a loophole in our state law that seems to allow open carry in schools but not concealed. However, instead of just closing it and not allowing any carry in schools they tried to allow concealed. They have also voted to remove training requirements from concealed carry licensing and even licensing at all. The combination of all the legislation they tried to pass last year but luckily couldn’t get passed the governor or the other state legislative chamber would allow unlicensed and untrained 18-year-old high school students to concealed carry in schools. I support gun rights for hunting and personal protection but I also understand that an amendment written over 200 years ago needs some new interpretation to keep weapons of war out of our streets and schools.
Violence is a public health issue. In a culture of violence we must allow the CDC to study and make recommendations to the Congress as to how we end this violence epidemic. We could learn from what other countries are doing to interrupt gun violence.
So called “Red Flag” laws allowing the temporary impounding of firearms belonging to people deemed a threat to themselves or others could be very helpful. I also believe ending the background check loopholes would slow the flow of guns to those who are unqualified to have them. Simply put, all firearm transfers should flow through an entity with an FFL (aka your local gun store). Other well crafted reforms, such as age limits for certain guns should be considered. Lastly I’d suggest the dialogue on guns needs some help. There is a lot of talking past each other and angry base building. There is also an unacceptable toll in our high rates of murder and suicide by gun. As a Democrat and a gun owner I hope to help improve both those situations.
We are called to pay attention to what is going on in the world around us and to lift up concerns and tragedies in our prayers to God. God wants us to pray and to show concern for victims and their families. Yet we can never let the words, “They are in our thoughts and prayers,” be a scape goat for seeking laws and policies that bring us a more just and peaceful world. As Christians, we are called to follow the way of Jesus and to work for peace, justice, nonviolence, better mental health care in our communities, and sensible gun laws, such as ones that restrict the availability of military grade weapons to civilians.
I am a Michigander who is focused on common sense gun control based on the precedence of the Constitution and the Courts. I believe in closing loopholes, strengthen existing registries, working with law enforcement agencies and legislating access and restriction to those items not protected by the Constitution.I look forward to meeting with people and discussing the issue frankly and directly
When our children speak, we must listen, and even more so, we must act. It is imperative that we enact common-sense protections against these massacres. A start would be ensuring that SB 584-6, a Michigan Senate bill that would allow more guns in no-carry zones, must not pass the Michigan House of Representatives. When I am elected, I will fight these and other bills — bills that not only endanger our children but also disrespect the lives we have lost — with every fiber of my being.Every day we allow the NRA and its puppets in our legislature to choose gun company profits over human lives is a failure. This time, when we say, “no more,” we need to mean it. Our children are watching.
While students across our nation are rising up to fight back against gun violence, the Republicans in Michigan introduced a bill HB 5814 that would reduce the fee for a concealed weapons permit from $100 to $40. I would question why the state of Michigan would consider reducing fee income, particularly giving the national discussion on gun violence.We have a tone deaf administration that isn’t listening to our children and families, and fail to consider fiscal responsibilities. We can do better. We must Unite our Voice and Unite our Vote!
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“My grandfather told me something, a long time ago, that stuck with me. ‘A gun,’ he said, ‘will never make you safer. A gun is a tool. A powerful tool, and like all tools, it has a purpose. That purpose is to make you more dangerous.’I’m a hunter, a former competitive shooter, and a responsible gun owner. I understand how important the 2nd amendment is to large portions of the people of Michigan, but gun violence is an epidemic, a public health menace, and we have a responsibility to address it. At the end of the day, we all want the same thing. We want to live in a society that is safe, where we don’t have to fear for our lives every time we go to a movie, or a concert, or send our kids to school.We want a society that is safer, and there are ways to do that. Proven ways, that have worked elsewhere, and will work here, if only we try them. I think we owe it to our kids to try. I think we have a responsibility to make our society safer, not more dangerous. And I know we can do it without unduly affecting the rights of responsible gun owners like myself.”