"My focus is that firearms are handled safely and that we can continue to enjoy them here in North America." ― Steve Kanaly
Although our Second Amendment provides for the right to own firearms, as with all rights, there are legitimate limits and commonsense restrictions that are consistent with this right. As a gun owner, I support the Second Amendment. I understand on a personal level that many Americans have a need to own firearms. More importantly, we have a right to own firearms.
But it is past time for us to act. Too many lawmakers keep offering thoughts and prayers. Too many refuse to do anything to stop the epidemic of gun violence in our country.
As a proud recipient of the Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate Designation in the 2018 election cycle, I have spoken out about this subject for the past several years. I will continue to speak out and continue to do the work needed to address this issue.
There are many reforms that are supported by the majority of Americans and That can be enacted and enforced immediately. Universal background checks on all gun transfers, restoration of the assault weapons ban, outlawing bump stocks, and closing the loopholes that allow non-spousal domestic abusers to obtain weapons are all broadly supported. We must repeal the Dickey Amendment and restore full funding to the CDC to continue to study this public health crisis and enact additional measures to protect lives.
As a physician, I have witnessed the devastation to families when a loved one dies from a firearm. Comforting distraught mothers and broken families reminds me that we can do better.
We can uphold the Constitutional right to bear arms, and reduce the violence associated with easy access to firearms. Like all things, it takes courage and thoughtful debate.