Reasonable Gun Legislation – Representative Bill Foster’s Perspective
Gun safety in our communities and what we can do about it has been a key topic of conversation since the mass shooting in Parkland. The students from Parkland are making their voices heard, and the hope is that Washington does not repeat their old habits of “sending thoughts and prayers” and doing nothing except to follow the NRA’s directives.
Recently, Bill Foster sent the following email to share his position on gun control legislation:
“I wanted to take a moment to update you on my position on gun control legislation in light of the recent tragedy in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people.
Congress has a duty to pass comprehensive gun control legislation, and there are common sense reforms we can adopt to make our communities safer for everyone.
I support a ban on assault weapons that are designed to kill as many people as possible in a short amount of time. It is no coincidence that the shooters in in Orlando, Las Vegas, and Parkland chose to use an assault weapon. They are weapons of war and have no place in our communities.
97 percent of Americans support legislation to require background checks for all gun buyers. Background checks are a sensible gun violence prevention measure to keep guns out of the wrong hands, and I strongly support making them universal.
I also support a host of gun safety legislation including measures to raise the minimum age to purchase firearms from 18 to 21 and the Gun Violence Restraining Order Act, which provides tools to family members to prevent an individual who they fear is a danger to themselves or others from possessing a gun.
Every American deserves to go to work or school without fear of violence. Congress must take action and pass common sense reforms to make our communities safer. Thoughts and prayers are not enough. It’s time to act on guns.
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