I am happy to announce that I have been endorsed as a Gun Sense Candidate by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
We need to promote the safety of our communities by making sure Pennsylvania has commonsense laws in place to reduce gun violence. On average 96 Americans are killed with guns everyday and hundreds more wounded. Too many children live in homes with unsecured guns, and the presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation makes it five times more likely that a woman will be killed.
As the July 7 article "Examining 'Pennsylvania Paradox' on Gun Regulation," by Terry Madonna and Michael Young shows, our state legislature has accomplished nothing on this front despite 154 mass shooting this year to date and despite the fact that 72% of registered voters in Pennsylvania desire greater gun safety measures!
What is the problem? In my view, too many of our lawmakers are scared of irritating a gun lobby that decries any attempt to promote gun safety as the beginning of a crusade against responsible gun ownership. I am not so timid!
I think we must create a system of universal background checks and make sure that there are legal mechanisms in place to get guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and disturbed individuals. We also need to empower agencies and firms to resume research on guns and gun violence so we can ensure the safety of our families and our communities for years to come.
As the descendent of Lancaster farmers, I am NOT against guns or gun ownership. But it is clear that we cannot allow anyone to have any kind of gun under any circumstances. Instead, we need to use commonsense to make our communities safe.