Gun Violence Prevention
On May 24, 2022, the world stopped. 19 children and two teachers were slaughtered by a teenager with an assault weapon at an elementary school in Uvalde, which sits at the heart of my state senate district. Rampant access to assault weapons have caused pain and suffering in communities across our state and nation. Congress must adopt national standards on extreme risk protection orders (also known as “red flag laws”), maintain funding for community violence intervention efforts, and close the private sale loophole that allows gun sales without comprehensive background checks.
I’m a gun owner and believer in the second amendment. But, I don’t own a semi-automatic rifle designed for war, and I don’t need one. With few exceptions, no civilian does. I will advocate for a grandfather clause and regulation on new assault weapon purchases. We have the ability to keep kids safe in their classrooms, to protect worshippers in our churches, and to make public places a little bit safer for all of us. Texans are tired of the talk, they’re demanding change. Responsible Texans of all political stripes want common-sense gun safety solutions now. We just need elected leaders with the political will to take real action.
- Assault Weapon Ban with Exceptions – Over 500 mass shootings took place in 2023. Every year without an assault weapons ban mass-shooting deaths continue. We can keep our communities safe by banning new purchases and regulating existing assault weapons.
- Extreme Risk Protective Orders (ERPOs) – ERPOs are an extremely effective and lawful tool to remove weapons from someone who is a danger to themself or others. ERPOs can prevent gun violence such as gun related suicides and mass shootings in multiple states.
- Raise the Age – The simplest and easiest policy that could have prevented the attack on Robb Elementary was to raise the age to purchase an assault weapon from 18 to 21. The shooter attempted multiple times to use a straw purchaser to obtain the weapons he eventually used to murder 19 children and 2 teachers. Those efforts failed and a few days after his 18th birthday, he legally purchased several assault weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. If he could not purchase the weapons until he was 21, the attack would not have occurred and maybe could have been wholly prevented.
Gun Violence Research – Guns are now the number one cause of death for children and teens. As gun violence and mass shootings continue to rise each year Gun violence is the number one public health concern for most Americans and should be researched, investigated, and prevented
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Roland Gutierrez for Texas
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