As an outdoorsman and the son of a law enforcement officer, I grew up in a home with guns. I believe in the Second Amendment and the rights of law abiding citizens to own and possess firearms. I also believe that the first rule of responsible gun ownership is gun safety. We must pass firearm safety laws that help ensure criminals do not get easy access to guns. Background checks must be mandatory for all firearm purchases, and we must strongly enforce existing laws that are designed to enhance gun safety and keep guns out of dangerous hands.
The last decade in America has highlighted, time and again, the fact that the culture of violence and mental health issues in America have lead to an epidemic of gun violence that is a public health crisis. From Newtown to Orlando and San Bernardino to Spokane, mass shootings have left our communities devastated. The evidence is clear that guns also increase the risk for domestic violence homicide as well as suicides. Gun violence is ravaging our cities from coast to coast. Congress must immediately form a bipartisan Select Committee on Gun Violence to take real action to stop this epidemic.
This issue is critical for all Americans. In order to solve this crisis, we must come together from every side of the issue to protect the public and the rights of law-abiding citizens and to stop preventable deaths. Our nation must address this issue now, because tragedy is striking everyday. I worked hard to fight gun violence as a criminal prosecutor in south King County, and I intend to keep fighting it in Congress.
Please read my op-ed on gun violence prevention here.