Responsible Gun Ownership
As a military veteran and a public servant, I have taken the oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic and support the 2nd Amendment. As a Texan, I recognize that firearms are ingrained into our state’s history which dates back to the early Spanish conquests of Texas lands and as part of the American “Wild West.” As a gun owner, I understand the many reasons to possess a firearm. I support responsible gun ownership and will tirelessly work to reduce gun violence and keep firearms out of the hands of those who aim to harm others. With an upward trend in the frequency of mass shootings and killing sprees across the country, it is clear that firearms are being used against innocent people in places where we pray, shop, and study. This is not what our Founding Fathers envisioned for our Nation.
40,000 Americans are killed across the country each year and over 4,000 Texans are killed by gun violence annually. We have seen too often, weapons designed for combat being used in mass shootings across Texas and the U.S. One of the most recent and most deadly happened in Texas-23 at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Americans are demanding the Congress take bold actions to prevent the rising gun violence sweeping across our Nation. I support gun safety legislation that keeps kids, criminals, and people with mental disabilities from having unfettered access to semi-automatic, high-velocity rifles that cause maximum damage and can easily overwhelm and overpower our law enforcement officers.
I support passing common sense gun laws that every 2nd Amendment supporter would agree will help prevent or deter the continued rise of mass shootings by teenagers. This includes prohibiting the sale of certain semiautomatic firearms to individuals who are under 21 years of age and promote responsible maintenance of firearms including the provisions in Ethan’s Law which require loaded guns to be stored and out of reach of kids. Red Flag and Extreme Risk laws give the community more tools to detect, report and prevent mentally unfit kids and young adults from owning firearms. I support the banning the sale and possession of large-capacity magazines and bump stocks, which convert semi-automatic weapons into machineguns. I believe the banning of the sale of semi-automatic weapons would have the biggest impact on reducing the number of mass shootings. Until then, I will call for restricting access to only those who complete enhanced background checks, training, and licensing to purchase military-style weapons. These common sense measures will keep firearms out of the hands of kids, criminals, and the mentally unfit and will help prevent senseless murdering of innocent Americans.
In Congress, I will vote for support and will vote the Protecting Our Kids Act, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, Ethan’s Law, and the Violence Against Women Act, which all contain common-sense solutions to prevent guns from falling into the hands of those who aim to commit violence. Tony Gonzales, the incumbent representing Uvalde in Congress, voted against all of three bipartisan bills. Without measures to prevent gun violence or prohibit the mentally unstable from accessing a firearm, it is only a matter of time before another community is thrust into the national spotlight.
I recognize the pain the people of Uvalde are feeling. As a father, I cannot imagine sending my daughter to school in the morning and never seeing her again. I do not comprehend our leaders’ inability to enact bipartisan gun safety reform. Especially with the breakneck rate at which these horrific events continue to rip our neighborhoods, families and country apart. I will work in a bipartisan manner to address this crisis head on and work with national partners such as the Moms Demand Action, Everytown for Gun Safety and the Gabby Giffords Foundation on bipartisan, on common sense solutions to keep Americans safer.
Together we can craft meaningful Legislation that allows for responsible gun ownership while limiting access to weapons of war and addressing the mental health crisis in the nation. The goal is to promote responsible gun ownership, prevent gun violence, and save lives; IT IS NOT ABOUT TAKING GUNS.