By Martha Love
We have witnessed too many incidents of horrific gun violence against Americans of all stripes in their safe spaces – young children at school, African Americans attending their weekly Bible study, moviegoers, office workers, and unfortunately the list grows longer each day.
This month the shock of the worst mass shooting in our nation’s history occurred in the safe space of the Florida LGBT community’s Pride celebration and that shock has reverberated across Orlando and the world. It is past time we act on gun violence.
Hillary Clinton understands the time for action is now.
Too many families in America have suffered from gun violence. About 33,000 Americans are killed by guns each year.
That is unacceptable. And I get it – gun ownership is an integral part of the lives of many law-abiding Americans. It’s time to extend the commonsense manner in which responsible owners handle their guns to the sale and regulation of guns in our country.
Hillary has a record of advocating for commonsense approaches to reduce gun violence.
She’ll strengthen background checks and close dangerous loopholes in the current system.
She’ll push Congress to close the loophole that allows a gun sale to go forward if a background check has not been completed within three days.
This is the loophole that allowed the alleged Charleston shooter to buy a gun even though he had a criminal record.
She strongly defended the Brady Bill, which instituted federal background checks on some gun sales, and as a senator voted to close the gun show loophole.
We need a president who will hold irresponsible gun dealers and manufacturers accountable.
In the Senate she voted against the immunity protections Congress has given gun dealers and manufacturers that prevent victims of gun violence from holding negligent manufacturers and dealers accountable.
In light of the tragic violence against Orlando community, her vote to extend and reinstate a ban on assault weapons is even more illustrative of why she should be president.
Her leadership on the issue is clear – she cosponsored this important legislation.
These weapons do not belong on our streets and Hillary will rightfully work to reinstate that ban.
There are too many communities in America scarred by senseless gun violence.
It’s time to act – we need leader who will do just that. That’s why Hillary Clinton has my vote this November.