Dr. Cathy McAuliffe

2024 Democratic Candidate for Texas State House Representative (District 32)

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When will enough be enough? As of early January 2024, four people had been killed and 20 more had been injured in mass shootings – and that doesn’t even include deaths from other kinds of gun violence.

Gun violence is now the number-one killer of children – more than vehicle accidents. Since the beginning of 2024, 16 children under the age of 17 have been killed in the U.S. and 25 more injured in other acts of gun violence… 16 children who won’t grow up to have families, careers, or a chance to make a positive impact on this world.

The NRA at one time was in favor of sensible gun safety and control. However, the debate surrounding these issues has become increasingly political, partisan, and contentious. We need a nuanced approach to address the complex challenges associated with firearms, one that balances individual rights and public safety to foster a society that values both personal freedoms and the well-being of its citizens.

Texas has a deep-rooted history and cultural connection to firearms. The Second Amendment, guaranteeing the right to bear arms, is a foundational element of American identity. However, the prevalence of gun violence and mass shootings underscores the urgent need for effective gun safety and control measures.

I believe all individuals purchasing firearms should undergo thorough background checks to prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands. A universal background check system would address loopholes in the current system, such as private sales and gun-show transactions, contributing to a more robust and effective screening process.

I am also in favor of implementing red-flag laws that would empower law enforcement and concerned individuals to temporarily remove firearms from individuals deemed a threat to themselves or others. While respecting due process rights, red flag laws provide a proactive mechanism to intervene in situations where there is credible evidence of imminent danger, helping prevent potential tragedies.

Another sensible step would be restrictions on high-capacity magazines to reduce the lethality of mass shootings. By limiting the number of rounds a firearm can discharge without reloading, policymakers can mitigate the severity of these incidents and allow law enforcement more opportunities to intervene.

We can implement comprehensive gun safety measures and responsible gun control policies that prioritize public safety while respecting the rights of law-abiding citizens. Enough is enough.

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