On the Issues

Preventing Gun Violence

As a mother of two young children, Sarah is heartbroken by the tragedy that has befallen so many families across our country due to gun violence. But she doesn’t want to stop at thoughts and prayers; Sarah wants to take action so that no parent, spouse, sibling, or child has to lose a loved one again because of lax gun control laws.

That means we have to pass universal background checks and close loopholes that allow violent criminal offenders, domestic abusers and those who are mentally ill access to firearms. We institute checks for car sales or opening a bank account; a background check is the least we can do to make sure we prevent violent offenders from acquiring a gun. More than 90% of Americans support background checks, and it’s time for the Senate to pass this long overdue legislation.

Sarah believes there is no place for weapons of war in the hands of civilians.

Lastly, women who are abused are more affected by gun violence than others. They are five times more likely to be killed if their abuser owns a gun. We must pass federal red flag laws, and close the boyfriend loophole that allows domestic abusers and stalkers with prior convictions access to firearms. Further, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) must be reauthorized by the Senate, immediately. Mitch McConnell and David Perdue have failed to pass this life saving legislation so we can keep firearms out of the hands of abusers. Women have paid for this inaction with their lives. As a U.S. Senator, Sarah will vote to reauthorize VAWA, close the boyfriend loophole, implement universal background checks, and support red flag laws.

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