When it comes to gun safety and responsibility, there are a number of initiatives I would like to see implemented. While I’m not fond of outright bans, I would be in favor of creating a special licensing system for tools like Bump Stocks and weapons that are highly modular, similar to the NFA Tax Stamp. At the state level, I am in favor of implementing “red-flag restraining orders,” gun-show background checks for private vendors, and improving access to mental healthcare for adolescents. These policies can help reduce violent crimes, and hopefully help reduce gun-related suicides too.
I am a former teacher and dealt with intruder alerts at the high school I worked at. It was scary then and is even more difficult now with weakened gun laws that allow for just about anyone to have a gun if they so choose. Now shootings are taking place in other public areas and people live in fear of when the next attack will occur. Obviously, loosening gun restrictions has had little to no impact on reducing shootings. My opponent was very open and supportive of unrestricted gun ownership and his website photos reflected his high rating with the NRA. He bragged about it until he realized I was running for office.
As with all things, the answer isn’t a simple one. But leadership requires the ability to speak truth, no matter how uncomfortable it is, to power. I’m prepared to do just that; we have a gun problem, America. We have abandoned our youth to senseless violence. What are we prepared to do about it? I believe in common sense solutions. We are a state made up of hunters and gun enthusiasts, and we should never change that. I recognize the individual’s right to keep and bear arms. But we must recognize the large amount of grey that exists between hunting deer and hunting children. Let us draw the distinction between responsible firearm ownership and unfettered access to weapons of war. Missouri’s state motto says, “The health of the people shall be the supreme law.” It’s time we make good on that.
I am a proponent of sensible gun laws. The Supreme Court has held that the 2nd amendment does give individuals the right to own and bear arms. I believe that it has not precluded the government from reasonable actions to protect lives while protecting that right. I find the choke hold NRA has on our legislatures and the paranoia they have created among our citizens is unconscionable. This shouldn’t even be an issue that divides Americans. We need to work together to find a common ground.