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Gun Safety Should Be a National Priority

The leadership of the National Rifle Association has developed into little more than a hired bully for gun manufacturers. NRA lobbyist Wayne LaPierre and his ilk bully Republican members of Congress into a corner, and it is unacceptable. It is unacceptable to the parents who have lost countless memories and birthdays with their children. It is unacceptable to the communities who have been forever broken by avoidable tragedies that have hit them at home. It is unacceptable to the teachers and administrators, the movie watchers and mall shoppers, and to the town hall visitors and members of Congress who have fallen victim to gun violence by those who never should have had a weapon in the first place. And it is unacceptable to me.

In the United States Army, we are trained to stand up to bullies. I fought bullies when I volunteered to go to Iraq. And when I go to Congress I will stand up to the bullying tactics of the NRA because not one more life lost prematurely is acceptable.

Reinstitute a Ban on Assault-Style Weapons & High-Capacity Magazines

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: If you want an assault-style, automatic weapon and a high-capacity magazine, do what I did and join the United States Army. I’ve seen up close the violent damage these kinds of weapons can do, and I can definitively say that they have no place in the hands of private citizens. There’s no need to list off every mass shooting in the last several years, it’s sufficiently damning of America that these events happen here with numbing frequency, and we refuse to do anything about it.

Establish National Background Checks & No-Fly, No-Buy

Without federal leadership on the issue of universal background checks and mental illness preclusions, and tighter restrictions to gun ownership, guns will continue to fall into the hands of those who cause a threat to innocent American citizens.

Incentivize Gun Surrender Through Cash for Guns & Impunity Programs

Cash for guns programs have transformed communities. Just ask Detroit and Cleveland, to name a few cities that have collected scores of guns—many illegal—and made their communities safer in the process.

Protect State Laws

I will stand strong against any legislation that attempts to allow for the preemption of state laws that regulate or ban concealed or open carry. Full stop. States and communities know what is right for their jurisdictions and we should not allow gun manufacturers to bully Congress to overstep these common sense regulations.