Thank you for contacting my office regarding Gun Control. Your views are important, and I appreciate you taking the time to share them with me.
Like most Americans, I am horrified by the gun crimes committed against innocent people. However, a lot of people believe that stronger gun control laws would have prevented these crimes from happening. I believe the solution to increased crime is not to eliminate firearms - a criminal will get hold of a gun whether it is by legal or illegal means. The solution is to resolutely enforce our criminal laws and to give our citizens proper guidance and training so that they are familiar with firearms and feel comfortable using them in self-defense should the need arise.
I believe very strongly that law-abiding citizens have the right to carry firearms as a means of self-defense, a right guaranteed to them by the Second Amendment of the Constitution. If we are to ensure the safety of our communities, it is of the utmost importance that citizens, have reasonable access to means of self-protection when necessary.
That said, I believe that it is the responsibility of each individual gun owner to comply with federal, state and local regulations regarding gun licensing and safety. I also support the use of instant background checks to minimize the possibilities for guns to end up in the hands of criminals. I vote to enforce responsible gun ownership and to preserve the rights of the Second Amendment whenever I have the opportunity, and I will be sure to keep your views in mind when considering legislation related to firearm possession and use in the future.
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