“The thoughts and prayers of politicians have done nothing to protect Americans from mass shootings. Proper regulation and safety from Congress will.”
Over the years, we’ve all watched in horror as one school shooting after another has plagued our country. Every year, there are over 30,000 gun-related deaths in America, and we must take action to stop the violence.
I’m proud of the high school students from Parkland, Florida, who have started a movement of young people who are helping to force our Congress to take action.
In Congress, I have taken on the NRA by working with both sides of the aisle to pass common-sense gun safety laws. In 2019, I helped pass H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, and legislation to close the Charleston loophole.
Reject all special interest money, including from the NRA
The first thing we need to do is reject political dark money. I will never take a penny from any special interest, and I’ll never back down when it comes to confronting the NRA and fighting for our families.
Among my top priorities for action is expanding background checks that keep guns out of the hands of people with a history of violence or serious mental illness by closing the gun-show and internet loopholes.
Keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers
As part of a new effort to expand background checks, we must pass laws that keep guns out of the hands of those who have a history of domestic abuse. Violent people must not have easy access to firearms.
Ban assault-rifles and bump stocks
Most of the mass shootings our country has suffered have been young people who have been able to purchase military-style assault weapons. These are weapons of war, and they must be banned. I also favor banning so called ‘bump stocks’ that turn semi-automatic weapons into automatic weapons, like the one used by the deranged shooter in Las Vegas.