In the last two weeks and wherever I go, the issue of gun violence has been raised. It’s a serious problem in our country. We have to be honest with ourselves as a Democratic Party as well as with the members of the communities we visit.
For a few, some types of firearms are simply more important than children.
That’s just a reality that has been pounded into them by organizations supporting gun manufacturers and not the Second Amendment.
And, I’m a supporter of all of our rights not special interests.
To the majority of Americans, universal background checks should have been made law at least a decade ago. Yet, nothing meaningful can pass Congress.
To the majority of Americans, allowing assault-type rifles to be purchased by teenagers doesn’t make sense. Yet, nothing can even pass the Florida legislature where 17 just lost their lives in a school shooting. The shooter obtained his firearms legally even after threatening to shoot up the school repeatedly.
Before that, 49 people lost their lives in Florida in the Pulse nightclub shooting by someone who had threatened to shoot up a school in 2007. Also, red flags were raised when he pursued a career in law enforcement. Yet, he was still able to legally purchase a semi-automatic rifle.
People love their firearms. And, they have a right to own firearms.
Do they have a right to own any type of firearm?
That should be an open debate.
Some types of weaponry should have higher classifications, require more training and background checks, and have some sort of liability insurance attached to ownership.
There is even new 3D print technology that is able to reproduce the parts of some of these firearms. People can purchase many of these firearms without any registration and without any background check. Does that make any sense?
However, the majority of Americans may agree on what should have been done for years, they just don’t stand up and speak out about these issues in public and on social media. I get it. It’s not easy. The gun manufacturing lobby has done an amazing job using not for profit status to push propaganda that many have bought wholesale and perpetuate everywhere boastfully and loudly.
That doesn’t mean we sit down and shut up.
There’s little Congress can do if they don’t hear from each of you. I’m not talking about party affiliation. I’m talking about Americans.
Call your local elected officials.
Show up at county board meetings and city council meetings.
What are the chances that Congress is going to get its act together on guns when so many are in the pockets of the gun manufacturing lobby?
Start locally. Call your federal and state representatives.
Change starts with each of us.
That’s why I’m running for U.S. Congress. To be the change I wasn’t seeing in Washington, D.C. and the change each of us deserves. Representation is for the People and by the People.
Your voices matter. It’s about time your voices are heard.