The rights of law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms, guaranteed in the second amendment, should be given the same deference as the other liberties protected by the Bill of Rights. The founders had the foresight and wisdom to guarantee this fundamental right, and it is our duty as members of Congress to uphold the constitution. I strongly believe we must staunchly defend all of the freedoms granted by the constitution, not pick and choose based on political motivations.
As a federal prosecutor for six years, I prosecuted federal firearms violations. As a state prosecutor I saw the devastating effects of gun violence on countless victims—including children—and bear witness firsthand that those who are criminally disposed will not be deterred by yet another federal firearms statute or regulation. It is my belief that we must enforce existing gun laws and examine the culture of violence before we create new gun control legislation.