Keeping our kids and families safe from gun violence
We must take action to keep our children and our communities safe. Responsible gun ownership for hunters, sportsmen, and self-defense is, and will remain, part of our culture, and the 2nd Amendment is secure. That does not mean we cannot make our communities safer. Common sense measures from Moms for Gun Sense and the Gabby Giffords Law Center include:
- Closing loopholes in our background check system that allow minors, felons and domestic abusers easy access to guns, as well as those with a history of serious mental illness.
- Promoting gun safety so that America’s children will no longer be exposed to unacceptable levels of risk.
- Supporting reasonable limits on where, when and how loaded guns are carried and used in public.
- Enacting enforceable laws that address gun trafficking and fraudulent purchasing to keep illegal guns off our streets.
- Banning and buying back assault and assault-style weapons; weapons of war are for the military.
- Limit magazine size.
- Require a waiting period before purchasing a gun.
- Institute a reporting requirement for lost and stolen guns.
- Pursue and fund research into gun violence as a public health issue.
- Follow the SMART program to keep kids safe, reduce the rate of accidental deaths and injuries from unsecured guns, and lower the rate of suicide, as well as the use of weapons in domestic abuse:
S – secure guns (locked and unloaded with ammunition stored separately);
M – model responsible behavior;
A – ask about unsecured guns in other homes (e.g., where your kids will play);
R – recognize risks of teen suicide; and
T – tell peers to be smart, too.