Gun Safety Measures and a School Safety Grant Program
I am committed to the safety of our communities. And I support our Constitution, including the 2nd amendment. We can succeed at protecting our communities from gun violence if we find common ground and develop workable solutions.
I believe strongly in bringing together gun owners and those that don’t own guns to find common goals around safety, in order to address the gun violence we are facing as a country.
Having grown up in a family where my step-dad hunted to put food on our table, I appreciate that guns are part of our rural culture. We must recognize Oregon’s hunting tradition as well as our federal treaty obligations related to hunting. Until we find common ground and develop workable solutions, we will continue to fail to protect our families from gun violence.
In addition to recognizing the right of individual states to establish more rigorous requirements, I believe the federal government should protect Americans from gun violence with these basic standards:
- Waiting period, prior to purchase, to complete a sufficient background check;
- Background check for all retail sales (store, web, email, gun shows, etc). And a waiting period sufficient to screen for criminal record and potential harm to self or others;
- Ban on armor-piercing ammunition;
- Ban on future sales of military grade weapons, including bump stocks, to civilians (if a ban fails, I would support limiting civilian use of military weapons to firing ranges, securing the weapon on site); and
- Government buy-back program for military grade weapons, with no resale to civilians.
I propose a School Safety Grant Program to provide schools with the resources to develop safety-related programs. The school district would decide how to best invest the federal funds to address needs in their community, from installing security equipment to investing in more school counselors to ensure all of our children have the resources they need to thrive.
I believe that improving the safety of our schools and communities will see greater investment in our social infrastructure: education, healthcare, and public safety. This includes addressing Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD), domestic violence, opioid addiction, and ensuring everyone has affordable physical and behavioral healthcare.
As an elected official, I will represent my constituents. I will not be intimidated by those who undermine the safety of our families. I have pledged to take no donations from the NRA. I support legislation to require transparency for all political contributions, including from the NRA.