Gun ControlA Progressive Agenda for the 6th District
Sensible gun policy reform is a priority for Amanda
Congress needs to act on many fronts – sensible gun laws, universal background checks, more funding for mental health programs, and additional funding for school safety measures. Amanda strongly believes that Congress needs to stop just sending ‘thoughts and prayers’ after tragedies and start taking real action that could stop these senseless acts of violence.
Congress can also act by studying how other countries like Australia took strong steps after mass shootings that have been effective in preventing additional acts of violence and work on implementing those kinds of measures.
Additionally, it is essential that Congress close the obvious loopholes and better enforce the laws already in place. Each year, more than 30,000 Americans have their lives cut short by guns used in mass shootings, suicides, domestic violence, gang shootouts and accidents. We can find ways to reduce gun violence consistent with the Second Amendment. Responsible gun owners would not be affected adversely by closing these loopholes – like the rest of society, they would be safer.
Bump stocks, assault rifles and military-style weapons designed to kill large numbers of people in a short amount of time certainly have the potential to threaten public safety and it makes sense to consider restrictions. For decades, fully automatic “machine guns” have been outlawed for civilian purchase, so the notion is reasonable. Amanda supports reinstatement of the Assault Weapons Ban. Previous attempts resulted in ambiguous standards for what qualified as a banned “assault weapon,” creating easily exploited loopholes. Any new legislation needs to honestly assess the technology and balance public safety with the rights of gun owners.
Howland For Congress 2018
PO Box 364
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
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