GUN SAFETY | Andrew Heldut | U.S. Congress 2020

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Heldut For Congress

PO Box 246, Mount Prospect, IL 60056

GUN SAFETY

As Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), "Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited." Justice Scalia was clear that there are certain weapons which should never be in civilian hands.

 

I've never been more inspired-to-action than after seeing high-schoolers turn into activists after the Parkland School shooting. To begin with, they should have never been in that position but they started a national dialogue which will not be silenced. Their real-experiences, passion and activism have real momentum and it is time to act now before this happens again and again, because we know sadly that it will.

 

I am from Chicago with one of the largest gun incidences in the nation. It is already June and there have been over 1,221 peoplethat have been shot this year so far. You just do not know when you will be caught in the crossfire and it simply comes down to being in the wrong place at the wrong time. We are not safe.

 

I call for establishing a strict national standard for gun licenses and a national background check registry both in-store and online. There should be no gun-loopholes and every gun buyer should be subject to the same background standard.

 

I want to ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons. Assault weapons are designed and sold as machines of war and no civilian should have access to it. This also reaches to banning high-ammunition capacity magazines.

 

Another important thing would be to fund community-based programs to end urban gun violence and target “straw purchases” where people buy guns for criminals, which will happen if more states tighten their gun laws.

 

 

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