“It’s time to overhaul our inadequate gun safety laws. As a legislator, I will prioritize building a better background check system, implementing universal gun registration, and requiring safe storage for all firearms.”
In 2016, the Center for Disease Control estimated that 11,000 Americans were murdered with a firearm. Nearly 23,000 more used a gun to take their own lives. Mass shootings dominate news cycles but represent the tip of a very large iceberg. In 2016, the Center for Disease Control estimated that 11,000 Americans were murdered with a firearm. Nearly 23,000 more used a gun to take their own lives. Mass shootings dominate news cycles but represent the tip of a very large iceberg.
The stories these statistics represent demand that we do more to reduce gun violence. As your State Senator, I will advocate for the expansion of background checks to evaluate the risk of self harm or harm to others. I will lead the fight for universal firearm registration, treating guns the way we treat cars in order to combat their illicit trade. And I will work to strengthen our gun storage laws to mandate locking devices for every firearm.
Mental health intersects with the regulation of firearms, particularly in the case of our growing suicide epidemic. I will work to increase our efforts to fund and destigmatize diagnosis and treatment.
Gun violence affects some members of our community more frequently than others. Over two thirds of American homicide victims are men between the ages of 15 and 34, and over 80% of those young male victims are black or Hispanic. Every year, hundreds of women are shot and killed by their current or former partners, a sobering reminder of the tragedy of domestic violence. I will work to empower community leaders to work with police departments to heal their neighborhoods, and improve the resources available to victims of domestic violence before abuse becomes lethal.