This might surprise you, but I don’t believe in the concept of gun control. I do believe the adage that guns don’t kill people, people kill people. If we need to think about how we solve the growing crisis of gun violence in this country, we need to think about how can people be safe around guns? I believe the number one thing we can do to curb gun deaths in South Carolina is to make completed background checks mandatory for every gun purchase. We need to know the people who have access to guns are people who will not use them to kill other people. This obviously includes people who have a history of domestic violence or a criminal past. This also includes the person who has left an unsecured gun in an unlocked car. This includes a person who leaves a gun unsecured in their home where their kids can get to it. This includes a person who is struggling with a psychiatric issue that may cause them to shoot themselves or other people. I believe, it is “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms”. I also believe that a right can be terminated if a person does not follow the laws of our country.
We must balance our constitutional individual rights and the need to keep guns away from people who will kill other people. We need more information from the Center for Disease Control, communication with all experts in the field, and a common-sense discussion about how to keep guns out of the hands of people that should not have them. The current debate is a polarized discussion reduced to a simplistic notion we can only be for or against guns. South Carolina is capable of a more productive debate that will save lives and preserve our constitutional rights.
My opponent has tried to avoid taking a stand on this critical issue before our legislature. She would not complete the survey the NRA sends to every candidate in the country. She won’t participate in any forums or town halls for this election where the public can ask her to clarify her positions on gun safety. We are only left with her past actions and statements to draw conclusions about her position. We know she accepted money from the NRA and she stated “I believe the debate over gun rights and gun control ended with the Second Amendment” multiple times*. Even though she seems to fall in line with the NRA’s platform, she doesn’t want to complete the survey that would surly earn her an A rating. I’ll take my F rating from the NRA. I gave honest answers about how I will vote. I believe in full transparency for all candidates. It is the best way for South Carolinians to make educated choices and fight the corruption plaguing our state House.
I am proud to be a Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate, and I am proud to answer Yes and Yes to Arm in Arm’s Election Accountability Project. Vote like your life depends on it this November, because you or your loved one could be the next person killed by a person with a gun they had no business possessing.
* Source: 2013 Senate campaign website, www.nancymace.org, "Issues" Jul 2, 2013.
“I believe the Second Amendment, as written, is good enough.” Source: 2018 Forum on Daniel Island