“I have never believed in the general practice of carrying weapons. I do not believe in the general promiscuous toting of guns. I think it should be sharply restricted and only under licenses” — Karl T. Frederick, President of the NRA (1939).
First, there’s nothing wrong with owning a gun for personal safety or sport, what's wrong is having it fall into the wrong hands.
We need to have an honest conversation, we owe it to the children who’ve been taken from us. We need to de-politicize the issue, and focus on common sense, common values and the common good. We owe it to those children.
What I've learned from Veterans For Ammar CA 50 is that contrary to common belief, the military is surprisingly progressive when it comes to universal healthcare (TRICARE), equal pay based on rank, and gun safety (background checks, extensive training, mental aptitude tests, safety protocol). Why not make these proven military approaches to healthcare, equal pay, AND thorough background checks universal for all?
The military model has proven that we can protect people and the Second Amendment at the same time. Don't let fear-mongering, lying lobbyists tell you otherwise.
If you’re pro-life, then consider the lives we could have and could still save by doing the following. Here are just some common sense, common values based solutions to combating gun violence:
✅ Lifting the NRA’s CDC ban on research around gun fatalities. If independent research shows that banning certain guns would prevent fatalities and serve the common good, then we should take urgent action.
✅ Addressing the mental health issues that could have prevented many of these tragedies. If reports on mental health problems received the same scrutiny as people who are felons, fugitives, and stalkers, we could have prevented many school shootings.
✅ Banning gun sales to those on the no-fly list.
✅ Banning bump-fire stock and conversion kits.
✅ The NRA used to support background checks in response to the Black Panthers. We should have mandatory universal background checks, including for guns sold on the internet, and transactions between private individuals.
More history: The NRA assisted Roosevelt in drafting the 1934 National Firearms Act and the 1938 Gun Control Act, the first federal gun control laws. These laws placed heavy taxes and regulation requirements on firearms that were associated with crime, such as machine guns, sawed-off shotguns and silencers. Gun sellers and owners were required to register with the federal government and felons were banned from owning weapons. Not only was the legislation unanimously upheld by the Supreme Court in 1939, but Karl T. Frederick, the president of the NRA, testified before Congress stating, “I have never believed in the general practice of carrying weapons. I do not believe in the general promiscuous toting of guns. I think it should be sharply restricted and only under licenses.” Shocking, right?
✅ In 2015, a bipartisan bill was passed into law to increase mental health screening for new military recruits. The military has better background checks, mental health and training requirements for recruits than we do for civilian gun owners.
Congress needs to extend more of those kinds of measures to every gun purchaser. We need to learn from our military, and propose training and qualification for civilians before they’re given a gun.
Train and qualify civilian gun owners, through mandatory weapons safety courses and tactical range qualifications from certified organizations. The purchase and sale of ammunition and reload materials must require proof of classroom training and range qualification.
❌ Oppose rolling back restrictions and fees on silencers.
❌ Oppose the rollback of the previous administration’s directive allowing designated mental health providers to report names of mentally ill patients to the federal background check system.