2nd Amendment

I am proud to have earned an “A” rating from the NRA, and I will always fight to protect the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans.  At the same time, we must come together to make our communities as safe as possible and find ways to stop gun and other types of mass violence tragedies, like Parkland, the Boston Marathon, and Dayton, before they happen.  While violent crimes overall have decreased across the country, acts of mass violence have been on the rise, and we must identify threat assessment, intervention, and management techniques that can stop or at least diffuse these acts of violence.  I was proud to support legislation to fund grants to local schools for security upgrades, address loopholes in the National Instant Background Check (NICS) system, and fully fund the 21st Century Cures Act to strengthen our nation’s mental health system.  Still, more must be done, and we must recognize that there is no single, quick-fix solution.  We need to: 1) fund research into the underlying causes of mass violence and the link between mass violence and mental illness, violent video games, and other societal and behavioral factors; 2) ensure that the various levels of law enforcement are interacting effectively and expeditiously in identifying and acting upon potential threats; and 3) facilitate more robust community-based threat assessment training.