By Dan Cox
ISIS. So-called "soldiers of the caliphate." Soft-targets and casualties, the list goes on. Add to that heroin and drug-related burglaries; we must be vigilant.
But let's pause a minute this Fourth of July and remember our heroes. They would want us to smile in confidence, love God and family, and be brave. Like the valor of our Armed Forces. Men like Navy SEAL Michael Monsoor, whose story is depicted in the movie "Act of Valor." And Marylander Emily Perez, the first female West Point graduate to die in combat for America.
So hold fast, keep the faith. In God we still trust. And let's get to work.
In Congress, I plan to draft and seek to pass a National Home and Community Defense Act.
First, the act will provide basic training for home and community defense. During WWII, the Civil Air Patrol provided a means for citizens to help defend our communities and it still has a proud tradition of doing so. For defense, we can also train citizens via local fire and police departments.
Second, the act will include the opportunity for all able-bodied people to be armed and trained, with possible tax credits as incentives. The Second Amendment exists for arming citizens; Switzerland does this and we can too.
Third, the act will include interstate reciprocity for concealed carry holders across state lines. Time and again quick-thinking armed citizens stop mass shootings, saving lives.
Fourth, we need a comprehensive approach to securing the border and stopping the heroin epidemic. This is why I also support comprehensive addiction recovery, to make our communities safer.
These are common-sense measures for our security.
But I can't do this unless we protect the other House -- the U.S. House of Representatives. Congress does not need a politician like my opponent, an open atheist and socialist who authored the gun ban in Maryland. He has a right to his opinions and beliefs, but so do we.
I believe District 8 needs a congressman who follows the Constitution and defends the rights of the people which come from our Creator. That is my duty. Please join me. Go to www.coxforcongress.org. Enjoy the Fourth of July and keep smiling!