As a lawyer with a deep appreciation for the Constitution, I respect the Second Amendment. I know that hunting and sport shooting are cherished family traditions in our district, and every individual has a right to self-defense. Because I value responsible gun ownership, I also support common-sense solutions to gun violence that are supported by the vast majority of Americans, including gun owners: fixing our broken background check system (including closing the “gun show” loophole), banning bump stocks, keeping firearms out of the hands of convicted domestic abusers and others who raise red flags, and investing in mental health treatment. I oppose arming teachers in schools, which is not a realistic or adequate solution to the problem of school shootings, and I will work with school districts and law enforcement to make sure that school security is a top government priority. Gun violence is often a divisive issue, but traveling around this district and speaking with gun owners, law enforcement officers, parents, and teachers, I know that there is a lot of common ground to build on. It just takes the courage to come to the table and get serious about solving the problem, and that’s something our current Congress has refused to do.