Gun Violence and Proposal
I dropped my two little boys off at school this morning…will this be the final time I ever hear their voices, see their amazing smiles, and feel their kisses on my face? My wife went to the store for groceries…will the woman I’ve devoted my forever to, come home to me? I am headed into work at the sports arena for a show tonight…will this be the night our venue is targeted by a shooter? These are the questions I sit here asking myself as a father, a husband, and with a career in the entertainment industry. This isn’t normal, this isn’t acceptable, and the time to change the narrative is now.
By any normal definition, this is terrorism. Webster’s Dictionary defines it as “the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.” It’s getting people to fear normal activity. It’s making people think they have to resort to extreme measures to feel secure. It’s making people question the loyalty and allegiance of their neighbors. It’s making people feel as though they must arm themselves to be safe.
When you ask yourself how we got to this point given the hundreds of mass murders that occur in the U.S. each year, I believe the biggest problems with guns are the ties between elected officials and the gun lobbies who fund their campaigns. Make no mistake about the fact that we have many current representatives, such as my opponent Debbie Lesko, who have continued to collect money from gun lobbies for over a decade while our children and fellow Americans died. Not only did they collect the money, but despite calls for reforms from gun violence victims and the general public, they have flat out refused to vote on bills like HR8 and other proposals aimed at protecting us.
H.R. 8 is a bi-partisan bill brought to Congress in February of this year with a simple action: require a background check for every firearm sale between private parties. Much like the GOP demands to know who everyone is coming to the country, H.R. 8 demands to know who is purchasing a firearm. Do they have a criminal record? Do they have a history of domestic abuse? It’s pretty damn simple and straight forward. My opponent voted “NO” because she doesn’t seem to think yours and my safety is important. H.R. 8 passed the house but has sat without a vote taking place in the Senate. Even with dozens of mass murders just in 2019, our Republicans in Congress have REFUSED to do their jobs.
Responsible gun owners like myself are the overwhelming majority of gun users in this country. Most of us at this point agree that doing NOTHING isn’t the solution. Most of us can see that our politicians doing nothing is the real threat to our 2nd amendment. I own multiple weapons, was a former member of the NRA, and received a Q+ rating in 2016 (the highest a non-elected candidate can receive). I am from CD8, I have a brother who is an Army Ranger, many of my friends are law enforcement and military. The 2nd amendment is something I take seriously. Owning guns isn’t exclusive to being Republican. I have two little boys, my guns are maintained and stored in a safe. I say all of this because apparently, these days a man must start with his support of the 2nd amendment before mentioning common sense when speaking about gun violence. It’s a pathetic testament to how warped our society and our politics have become.
Like most things in life, the actions of a few often and unfortunately reflect on everyone in the group. But unlike most instances where this dynamic occurs, gun violence ends in death. Not the kind we see on the battle fields of “glory” and “purpose”. We see these deaths in our children’s classrooms, our entertainment venues, our shopping centers, offices, and our places of worship. Worse yet is the response from millions online who show neither compassion nor a basic fundamental value for a fellow human being’s life. So much for “One Nation Under God” and “We the people,” huh?
As a candidate for United States Congress it is my duty to not only represent my district’s citizens, but when necessary make the hard decisions and take a stand for all of us as well. My opponent has, once again, offered nothing to the victims and society but thoughts and prayers. With all due respect Mrs. Lesko, your “thoughts and prayers” won’t bring people back from the dead or reduce the problem. Only action does that and it’s clear that you’re not up to doing your job.
My immediate solution is to:
Call on the Senate to vote on H.R. 8 and other reasonable gun control legislation,
Vote out officials funded by gun lobbies. The blood is on their hands.
Universal background checks are supported by the vast majority of this country.
Allow and fund Centers for Disease Control (CDC) CDC research into gun violence and make any and all findings fully public.
Require healthcare programs to include mental health and counseling as part of standard insurance coverage and include it in Primary and Secondary school programs.
Reverse Citizens United
There will always be evil people and those who will break the laws. But we have a societal issue on values. Do we want our children to live in a nation where the evil rules the day, or do we want to come together like true Americans and determine our own destiny? The choice is ours. The question is do we have the courage to do it.
I sure do.