Our 2nd Amendment rights were established in the Bill of Rights and the foundation of America. These rights must be protected.
In recent years particularly, these rights have been targeted and/or infringed upon. The Washington Initiative I-594 which passed in 2014 is one such example. I was also opposed to I-1491—The Extreme Risk Protection Orders Initiative for the same reason.
The typical arguments given for why additional gun regulations and or restrictions are needed include reasons such as: we need to keep guns out of the hands of bad people who will hurt innocent people (e.g. the tragic San Bernadino shooting in 2015) . Or we need to keep guns away from places where there’s easy access, such as in the home, by children or those with mental health challenges, so they don’t endanger their own life or the lives of others.
The reality is more restrictions on gun owners is not going to stop bad situations from happening. Research shows that in gun-free zones, there are actually more shootings (Crime Prevention Research Center’s / CPRC’s report October 9, 2014). Also promoting safe gun storage and management will help minimize unexpected situations in the home. The government reducing or taking away our right to protect ourselves is not the answer.
As an NRA endorsed candidate, NRA member and strong supporter of our 2nd Amendment rights, I will stand for the citizens’ right to bear arms.