Above all else I am a mom and teacher.
I want it known that I am committed to protecting children and advocating for teachers. This means that we must address the issue of gun violence head on, bring people together from a variety of perspectives, look at the data from across the state, country, and world, and make policy changes that will help make North Carolinians safe. I think three “no-brainers” are:
1. Restricting access to assault rifles and accessories,
2. Streamlining a process to sell weapons more securely,
3. Making it transparent which politicians accept money from the NRA, because their power can be bought.
Citizens need all the information when they go to the polls. My opponent has taken thousands from the NRA, and his decision making is altered by their involvement in his election.
While I support the Second Amendment and people’s right to own weapons for protection and sport, I will not bow to the gun industry that wants to make it easy for an angry or mentally ill person to purchase, obtain, and use an AR-15 assault weapon.
Now is the time to stand up. Yes, this is a time of mourning, and while we remember, reflect, and give thanks, we must also honor those that gave their lives, and work every day to pass gun control legislation to stop this from happening again.