“No matter where you work, learn, play, or live — you have a right to feel safe, and I’m horrified that that’s no longer the reality in America,” said Gabrielle Giffords.
Safe Schools = Sensible Gun Control
I am a parent of two children who attend public schools. I am thankful for every day when they come home and did not get killed by a mass shooter. I see no other viable option to preventing mass shootings then to regulate the possession and purchase of military-style assault weapons and large capacity magazines in Tennessee. Tennessee can join other states that have enacted similar legislation: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Washington D.C.
I support the Brady 3 Point Plan:
- Strengthen the Brady Background Check System by requiring a background check for ALL gun sales at gun shows, by gun traffickers, by straw purchases (when someone buys a gun for someone else), and from the internet. “Those convicted of gun crimes, assault, or domestic violence should not be able to buy a gun without passing a background check (1).”
- Ban Assault Weapons and High Capacity Magazine Sales. “Weapons of War belong in military and police forces, not in our schools and churches(1).”
- Enact Extreme Risk Laws: Allow family members and law enforcement with court permission to temporarily remove guns from a person in crisis. California, Connecticut, Washington, and Oregon have these laws enacted.
EveryTown for Gun Safety tracked the amount of times guns were fired on school and university campuses. They found that between the years 2013 and 2015, there were 160 school shootings in 38 states.
PBS News Hour: How do U.S. gun laws compare to other countries?
- The U.S. has less than 5% of the World’s population and has 35-50% of the world’s civilian-owned guns.
- The U.S. has highest homicide-by-firearm rate among developed nations.
- The U.S. has the highest gun owning rate and the highest gun homicide rate.
- Canada has a rather low gun homicide rate when compared to the U.S. and has imposed a 28-day waiting period for purchases, mandatory safety training courses, more detailed background checks, bans on large-capacity magazines, and bans on greater restrictions on military-style firearms and ammunition.
As your House Representative, I will work to regulate the possession and purchase of assault weapons and large capacity magazines in Tennessee. We don’t need to wait for tragedy to strike. We can end this now. No Mass Shootings in Tennessee!
The United States has had 288 school shootings since 2009. Mexico has had 8 and the rest of the developed world has had a handful to zero. Every country in the world has mental health issues and most every country has access to violent video games. The United States stands alone with having such easy access to guns.
I believe that anything and everything needs to be on the discussion table to determine how we can keep our children safe in our schools and in our communities. Here are some other issues we can tackle during the next legislative session:
1. Raise the age to buy and possess a weapon to age 21.
2. Require permits to purchase and possess firearms.
3. Require registration of firearms.
4. Require owners of firearms to be licensed, registered and insured.
5. Allow citizens to sue gun manufacturers for wrongful death. (See Commerce in Arms Act)
6. Require gun manufacturers to make guns safe for us such as requiring a thumbprint to access and fire. My iPhone needs my thumbprint. A gun is much more dangerous to society than an iPhone.
7. Punishment for improper storage if guns are stolen and used. True Story: A man in Nashville broke into a car and stole an AR-15 and walked around Nashville with it.
8. Regulate ammunition because guns don’t kill people but bullets do.
- Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (n.d.). The Brady Three Point Plan. Retrieved March 13, 2018, from bradycampaign.org
- Everytown for Gun Safety (2015, December 31). Analysis of school shootings. Retrieved March 13, 2018, from https://everytownresearch.org/reports/analysis-of-school-shootings/
- Master, J. (2017, November 17). How do U.S. gun laws compare to other countries? PBS News Hour. Retrieved March 13, 2018, from https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/how-do-u-s-gun-laws-compare-to-other-countries