GUN SAFETY

I remember watching the news as a child when the D.C. sniper targeted a grocery store parking lot 40 minutes from my home and watching the Virginia Tech shooting on TV when I was a high school junior looking at college prospects. As needless violence continues to saturate schools, places of worship, movie theaters, and music festivals, we need a government that will be at the forefront of the fight for sensible gun laws. It's time we put a stop to these preventable tragedies once and for all.

When the government invested in research on motor vehicle accidents, it led to innovations like criminalizing unsafe driving, requiring seat belts, and equipping highways with guardrails. These measures helped reduce the fatality of motor vehicle accidents by 78% from 1968 to 2018. Sustained government investment is long overdue for gun violence.

 

I support:

 1. More background checks to prevent people with dangerous histories from owning and carrying guns

2. Prohibit the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines

 

3. Enforce Red Flag Laws

  • Allow loved ones and law enforcement to intervene by petitioning a court order to temporarily prevent someone in crisis and distress from accessing guns.

4. Enact a nationwide gun registry

  • It is important to have a record of firearms and their owners

  • Invest in technology that could host records and be shared across states

5. Require firearm safety training before buying a gun

  • A person can often purchase a gun without ever having handled one. There should be a nationwide mandate on educating new gun owners on the risks and best practices for gun ownership.

6. Support gun violence research

  • This is necessary for the United States to investigate the causes and develop solutions to gun violence and repeal restrictions for law enforcement's ability to investigate and prosecute gun crimes.

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