Guns, Schools, and Common Sense

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I’m willing to work with anyone to keep our kids safe. I'm willing to accept a wide variety of opinions on a wide number of topics. But let's get this one thing straight: More guns equals more gun violence.

There is no single factor, statistic or scenario that encapsulates the entire scope of violence. It’s a multifaceted problem and it requires multifaceted solutions. And of course, it starts at home - teaching respect for family and friends, empathy and compassion, strength and resilience. The Sandy Hook Promise, a wonderful organization I have been part of for years, has developed programs that mitigate violence without even mentioning firearms. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America is another program I’ve consistently promoted. I have been bringing programs like these to local schools, and I’m proud to say that parts of them are already being implemented.

But it doesn’t stop there. We absolutely need to do more. Let's keep weapons out of the hands of those who should never have them. This includes perpetrators of domestic violence, child and animal abuse, and people on the "No Fly" list. Let's have serious discussions about what types of firearms should be available to the public and what we can do to get them out of circulation.

Red flag legislation can help save lives, and it can get help to those who need it.  If family and friends are worried about another person’s mental status, this would allow a temporary confiscation of firearms and also facilitate mental health services for a troubled individuals.

Our background check system needs to be airtight, consistently enforced, and respected. Law enforcement must have the proper tools and resources at their disposal to keep our community safe while balancing the rights of firearm owners. That means giving local control to the people who know their neighbors, but providing a judicial avenue to right all wrongs.

On City Council, in Lansing or wherever I may be - it's my job to work for all my constituents, whether I agree with them or not. I will sit, listen, learn and do whatever it takes to work this out.