We have seen too many mass-shootings in America. Statistics show that compared to other high-income nations, the United States' gun-related murder rate is 25 times higher and accidental gun deaths is six times higher. Polls indicate a majority of Americans favor strong background checks and banning assault-style weapons.
And we have seen how Republicans in Virginia continue to stonewall gun safety issues, most recently when the Republican majority voted as a block to adjourn without debate the special assembly of the Virginia General Assembly called to act on a series of gun safety bills.
We need representatives in the Virginia General Assembly who are willing to pass gun safety legislation supported by the majority of its citizens. Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-34) has a track record of working on such legislation and sponsored bills such as preventing domestic abusers from obtaining or keeping guns. She also founded the Gun Violence Prevention Caucus. She supports enhanced background checks and closing the gun show loophole, banning bump stocks and semi-automatic firearms with high capacity magazines. Her opponent in this year’s election is currently silent on gun safety legislation. The citizens of Virginia deserve more than silence and stonewalling on a topic of such importance.