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I respect the Second Amendment, and responsible gun owners and non-owners alike know that it goes hand in hand with commonsense solutions to reduce gun violence.  We can’t afford to keep ignoring the facts. Every day, 7 children and teens die from gun violence. Overall, 35,000 Americans are killed by guns every year. If any disease were this deadly, it would be considered a public health crisis. We need to start treating gun violence like one.

I wholeheartedly support the actions of young people both in our district and across the nation who have pushed their elected representatives to address gun violence within our schools and communities.

The National Rifle Association has a chokehold on many of our political leaders and has wielded their influence to cause divisiveness and inaction in Congress for far too long.

I won’t take a cent of money from the NRA. That’s not because I don’t respect the rights of gun owners, but because the NRA’s leadership blocks even the smallest commonsense reforms that are supported by a majority of Americans. Reforms like universal background checks and closing the gun show loophole. Or banning bump stocks, which were used in the Las Vegas shooting to make an AR-15 fire like a machine gun. Or prohibiting the sale of guns to domestic abusers. Or keeping weapons of war out of our neighborhoods, churches, theaters and schools.

I support all of these measures, which will keep our children safe while allowing for the kind of responsible gun ownership protected by our Second Amendment. I am proud to be a Moms Demand Action Gun Sense candidate.

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