It was a horrific weekend across the country and in our backyard. In two mass shootings in less than 24 hours, twenty-nine civilians were massacred. During First Fridays, a revered KC event, an innocent bystander was murdered by a stray bullet. And as of August 4, Kansas City has suffered 121 homicides in 2019.
As a gun owner, I recognize and respect the need for safety and regulation. And as a lawyer, I have studied Second Amendment precedent. Justice Scalia - a celebrated conservative jurist - once opined that the Second Amendment did not “protect the right of citizens to carry arms for any sort of confrontation, just as . . . the First Amendment to [does not] protect the right of citizens to speak for any purpose.” Conservatives’ push for complete de-regulation of guns and weapons on Second Amendment grounds is, therefore, simply a fallacy. I witnessed how the General Assembly expanded gun rights to include concealed carry for universities, bars, and even preschools. Meanwhile, the Republicans blocked basic background checks. These legislators are beholden not to the will of the people, but to the NRA’s money.
As your State Representative, I will fight against the NRA’s influence and support common-sense and widely-popular gun reform. So, I’ll advocate for background checks for all gun transactions, as well as implementing gun safety training for all concealed carry permits. I will also support heightened sanctions for failing to report gun thefts. But, all of this is an uphill battle with the current composition of the House of Representatives. So, I am going to work tirelessly to flip seats. It’s time for action and policy, rather than thoughts and prayers.