It’s time to put people ahead of profits with commonsense gun reform.
South Carolinians are living in a war zone. Between 2004 and 2013, South Carolina gun deaths outnumbered combined U.S. combat deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan. And in 2015, our state rate of 7.4 firearm homicides per 100,000 residents far surpassed the national average of 4.0, and a total of 841 families lost loved ones. We are the 7th most violent state in the country. And that’s not a coincidence, because we also have some of the weakest gun laws in the country.
In South Carolina, we need a photo ID to vote. We must be 21 to buy a beer. Yet any child can walk into a gun show and buy a deadly firearm without ID.
Nearly 90 percent of Americans support tougher gun laws, but we get nothing from our legislators. Why? MONEY.
Simply put, mass shootings are big business. Just one day after the Las Vegas Massacre:
- Shares of American Outdoor Brands—which owns Smith & Wesson—jumped more than 3 percent
- Shares of Sturm Ruger increased 4 percent, and
- Shares of Olvin, which owns Winchester, rose 6 percent—to an all-time high.
If elected to Congress, I will fight to:
- Make assault weapons illegal
- Make bump stocks illegal
- Make background checks universal and mandatory
- Raise the minimum purchase age of 21
- Deny firearms to violent criminals and the severely mentally ill
- Require mandatory reporting of lost and stolen guns, to hamstring the black market
- Enforce a “No Fly, No Buy” policy to keep guns away from suspected terrorists