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Issue Position: Protecting Sensible Gun Control Legislation

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In March of last year, the Supreme Court decided McDonald v. City of Chicago. While this case was a setback for gun control efforts, I am pleased that the Court held that the Second Amendment is not "a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose." By saying this, the Court has rightfully acknowledged that states and localities, as well as the federal government, can continue to pass and enforce sensible gun control legislation. Clearly, our recent history indicates a dire need for such reasonable gun control laws. The rate of firearm deaths in the United States for those under age fourteen is nearly 12 times higher than the combined rate in the 25 other "industrialized" nations. The United States lost 31,224 people to firearms in 2007 alone (the last year for which the Centers for Disease Control has statistics). And, incidences like the 2007 Virginia Tech and 1999 Columbine massacres, in which disturbed students murdered a combined 44 people, continue to occur. These tragedies must serve as solemn reminders of the government's duty to regulate guns. In an effort to prevent such future shootings, I will continue to work with my colleagues under the new Supreme Court guidelines to pass tough gun control legislation.

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