gun safety

If we can't protect our children and families from gun violence, we've failed as a society .


The Supreme Court, in Heller, affirmed the individuals right to bear arms, under the 2nd. Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This is now settled law.

Americans now possess over 350 million firearms. This is roughly 44 for every firearm possessed by law enforcement and the military. We need to reduce, not expand, the number of firearms in America, if, for no other reason, to reduce the supply available to criminals and the mentally ill.

Because there are arguably a number of uses for firearms, such as hunting and target shooting, I am not interested in confiscating them from law abiding citizens. At the same time, however, the right to bear arms is not absolute. Under Heller, gun ownership can be reasonably regulated.

I support laws to keep guns out of the hands of people who should not possess them, i.e. criminals, mentally ill, through a robust, universal background check process that covers all gun sales.

The sale of military-style assault weapons are weapons of war and are useful only to hunt and kill human beings. They have no purpose in our civil society and should be banned.

What should Floridians be provide
Gun Safety?

I endorse the robust collection of data on gun ownership and gun usage.

I support mandatory gun safety education.

I oppose any expansion of concealed carry and I completely oppose open carry in Florida.

I oppose the possession of guns in certain, delicate situations, i.e. schools, college campuses, churches, bars, etc.

I strongly support the Paris Agreement. While not perfect, it is a good start and it showed that the U.S. was prepared to lead on this important issue. 

President Trump’s decision to pull out of Paris, at first glance, appears to be a disaster for the environment. However, I am heartened by the manner in which states, cities, NGOs and individual citizens have rushed to fill the gap left by a now failed U.S. leadership. I believe that the U.S. will meet and surpass the Paris goals regardless of the President.