Gun violence is an epidemic in our country. This year alone, we’ve seen tragic mass shootings across our country – from Uvalde to Buffalo – with the rates of these tragic events continuing to skyrocket year after year. That Congress has failed to pass common-sense gun violence prevention legislation is shameful and unconscionable. We need to act now, because no person should fear going to the grocery store, no parent should fear sending their kids to school, and no child should ever have to experience the horror faced by the children in Uvalde. Enough is enough.
In Congress, I will fight against the deadly influence of the gun lobby and never hesitate to call out my colleagues – on either side of the aisle – for political cowardice in the face of mass violence.
In Congress, I will:
- Support a federal ban on assault weapons, high capacity magazines, and untraceable “ghost guns”
- Enact a 30-day waiting period on all gun sales
- Strengthen red flag laws to prevent people with mental illness or histories of violence from purchasing weapons
- Enact universal background checks on all gun sales
- Pass federal legislation to hold gun manufacturers legally accountable for marketing weapons of war and profiting off of violence in our communities
- Crack down on interstate gun trafficking to stop the flow of illegal guns into New York
- Speak about gun violence as a women’s rights issue as well, because of the strong correlation between perpetrators of domestic abuse and gun violence
- Oppose concealed carry reciprocity and stand against any potential Supreme Court action to undermine New York State’s robust gun violence prevention laws, including the current restrictions placed on concealed carry
- Invest in evidence-based strategies to identify and intervene with young people at risk of committing gun violence crimes, including potential school shootings