Gun Rights and Gun Violence
I believe every law-abiding citizen has a right to own guns, subject to regulation similar to how we regulate the operation and ownership of cars. Sixteen top retired military commanders will be urging Congress to pass gun control legislation that can reduce gun deaths without affecting the Second Amendment that I would support. Gun deaths in the United States are eight times higher than in other comparable countries. There are many complex factors contributing to this issue, but I believe there are simple, common-sense steps that can be taken to reduce gun crimes in America.
- In order to reduce deaths and injuries by guns and to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and terrorists, I support universal background checks (something 77% of Republicans and 90% of Democrats support), safe storage to protect children and those suffering from mental illness, mental issues as a basis of denial, and continuation of the ban on silencers and flash suppressors (they would allow more people to be killed before a shooting is recognized).
- I would support a return to a ban on weapons that have features only used for combat weapons. Ronald Reagan said “Anyone who needs a 20-round clip of high velocity ammunition to fell a duck or a deer ought to look into taking up golf.”
- I support allocating research money for the Center for Disease Control to study the causes of our high rate of gun deaths and injuries. High mortalities are a public health problem science can help address
- I support stricter compliance with states reporting felons to the gun purchase database.