Prevent Gun Violence

More Americans have been killed with guns in the United States than have died in all our wars combined. For too long, Congress has refused to pass comprehensive gun violence prevention legislation. All the while we have seen an increase in mass shootings and billions of dollars wasted on gun violence. We need solutions that keep our kids and our communities safe.

  • Individuals with guns injure more than 100,000 per year and kill more than 30,000 a year through homicides, suicides, and accidental deaths
  • Gun violence costs our economy at least $229 billion every year, including $8.6 billion in direct expenses such as for emergency and medical care.
  • The increase of gun sales in America has come at a time with a decrease in mental health services with $1.6 billion in state cuts from mental health programs between 2009 and 2011
  • Nearly two-thirds of Americans support a ban on the sale of assault weapons as well as high-capacity magazines or clips that can hold 10, 30, 50, or 100 bullets at a time
  • 40% of gun sales, 6 million guns a year, are sold on the secondary market through unlicensed dealers and are not subject to background checks
  • The large majority of Americans support requiring all gun buyers to pass a criminal background check, no matter where or whom they purchase it from

Vision and Policy Priorities

We must ensure safe schools and safe communities by investing in gun violence prevention, professional development for educators focused on bullying, mental and behavioral health, cultural competence, appropriate classroom management, and safety. If I am elected to Congress, I will work to:

Ban the sale of military-style assault weapons as well as high-capacity magazines or clips that can hold more than 10 bullets at a time

  • Support the Assault Weapons Ban of 2018 (H.R.5087) that would prohibit the sale, transfer, production, and importation of:
    • Semi-automatic rifles and pistols with a military-style feature that can accept a detachable magazine
    • Semi-automatic rifles with a fixed magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds
    • Semi-automatic shotguns with a military-style feature
    • Any ammunition feeding device that can hold more than 10 rounds
    • And 205 specifically-named and listed firearms

We must ensure background checks for all who want to purchase a firearm, regardless of where they are purchasing the firearm

  • Programs such as the National Instant Criminal Background Check System and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are severely underfunded – resulting in an incomplete background check database
  • We must fully fund grants to local communities to help improve local recordkeeping and reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)

Support the funding and accessibility of mental health services and substance abuse treatment so all individuals have access to the services they need.

  • We must address the bullying epidemic in our schools and enhance mental health services for our youth
  • We do not need more School Resource Officers or armed police in our schools
  • Firearm injuries are the cause of death of 18 children and young adults (24 years of age and under) each day in the U.S
  • Children and young adults (24 years of age and under) constitute 38% of all firearm deaths and non-fatal injuries
  • To minimize harmful behavior, students need more exposure to peer mediation programs, and diversity and inclusion curriculum or programs