WHERE I STAND ON
RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNERSHIP
As someone who served in the military for 20 years, I fought to protect our Second Amendment rights. As a retired Marine, I’m also trained in several firearms, and I taught marksmanship fundamentals to recruits as a Marine Corps Drill Instructor. I’m not trying to take your guns away. I just want to make sure that our communities are safe. When it comes to guns, I support bipartisan solutions such as national background checks to ensure that guns don’t get into the hands of people who would cause harm to others or to themselves. I also support firearm safety programs such as Be Smart. The Be Smart program is designed to help parents and adults normalize conversations about gun safety and take responsible actions that can prevent child gun deaths and injuries.
I do not support defunding the police. Police officers, much like military service members, have taken an oath to protect and serve their communities. While there are a few bad apples that have not conducted themselves accordingly, the vast majority have upheld their oath to protect and serve. Police officers are being asked to do too much and address issues that should be handled by mental health professionals and others who are trained to handle crises with folks in distress.
We need to ensure that there is accountability and transparency to keep our communities and law enforcement officers safe. I support bipartisan solutions such as independent investigations of the use of deadly force, de-escalation training, and body cams. The Governor recently announced a plan equipping Arizona State Troopers and eventually other law enforcement agencies with body cameras.
Over the last couple years, we’ve seen an alarming trend in domestic terrorist groups like QAnon gaining popularity in Arizona. The Department of Homeland Security has officially stated that domestic, violent extremism is a threat to our nation. As Americans, we all have the right to our own beliefs, but we don’t have a right to carry out acts of violence to further those beliefs. As a Marine, I was deployed to combat environments like Iraq and Afghanistan several times. I have an intimate understanding of national security. Keeping our communities safe is of the utmost importance to me. I took an oath to protect and defend our Constitution and its people. That oath didn’t end after military service. I will continue to uphold that oath as State Senator.