Safe Schools and Communities
No parent should be concerned that when they send their child to school they won’t be safe there – or when they return home to their neighborhood.
Like many Americans, I have been deeply troubled and saddened by the escalation of violence in our country. The massacre of school children at Sandy Hook was a horrific tragedy that rocked the soul and conscience of our nation. And in recent years we have continued to see a wave of gun violence impact our communities. It is clear that something must be done to keep weapons out of the hands of people who would do harm.
We should be implementing commonsense and effective ideas to reduce gun violence, specifically: ensuring background checks are conducted on all gun sales - with reasonable exceptions like for transfers between family members - and closing the loophole allowing those on the Terrorist Watchlist to buy guns. I believe these proposals are consistent with our Second Amendment Rights and are the most effective ways to keep weapons out of the hands of criminals, terrorists and the mentally ill. Unfortunately, Senator Portman voted against both of these proposals that would help keep Ohioans safer. I also support passage of the Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act so that gun manufacturers and dealers can no longer hide behind a legal shield that gives them protections from liability enjoyed by virtually no other industry.