Addressing gun violence and protecting lives should not be a political issue; it is a public safety issue. Currently, the CDC is legally forbidden from researching gun violence. I support lifting this ban so that Congress and states can propose policy based on evidence and research. I stand with the Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence, the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, and 94% of Americans in supporting background checks for all firearm purchases, regardless of where or from whom the purchases are made. States that require background checks for all purchases have fewer suicides by gun, fewer law enforcement officers shot and killed, and fewer women killed by an intimate partner. I also support common sense gun policy, such as a ban on bump stocks and the implementation of Extreme Risk Protective Order that would allow family, friends, and law enforcement to help people facing crisis who might be a risk to themselves or others.
There is no one policy initiative that will address all gun violence, but members of Congress need to have the courage to understand and fight to address this problem. I will be a part of any and all conversations across parties, with advocates, with gun owners, and with victims about how we, as a country, can make our communities safer.>>
I also recognize that, despite living in an era of historic corporate profitability, people are working harder and harder, but their incomes are not keeping up with their expenses. Congress has had more than enough time to reinforce the middle class by prioritizing the people and small businesses that keep our economy strong; I will make them a priority.
I also support organized labor, as unions have historically been a driver of economic stability within America’s middle class. This has been true for my own family, as my grandfather, a member of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, was able to raise his four children as a young widower because of the stability his union employment provided. As we see a changing landscape of employment opportunities, union apprenticeship programs remain an invaluable asset as they train the next generation of skilled workers.>>
As we’ve increasingly dealt with the effects of special interests in campaign finance, it’s important that all elected officials take a stand against letting a small group of funders influence our elections. And because my commitment to campaign finance reform starts now, with my campaign, I will not accept any corporate PAC donations.
As a Virginian, I’ve seen the negative effects of gerrymandering. We need fairly-drawn, non-partisan districts to ensure the health of our representative democracy.>>
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