There has never been a shooting in the United States where the shooter was not in violation of multiple laws.
Passing more laws to attempt to reduce gun crimes will have no effect except to disarm law-abiding citizens. Those that wish to violate the law, will do so despite deterrence measures – research has shown this to be accurate across multiple studies. Laws do not deter the criminal but instead restrict the law abiding citizen.
We have witnessed that when this strategy has been attempted in other countries, violent crime increases. Multiple studies have shown that as many as 2.5 million crimes are prevented by private citizens each year because the victim brandished or used a weapon in self-defense.
As your Congressman, I will be a strong protector of the Second Amendment, because I believe in the right of every citizen to be able to defend themselves.
Further, I believe that the Second Amendment ensures and protects all of our other constitutional rights. According to George Washington, “A free people ought not only be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain the status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.”