Issue Position: Second Amendment

Issue Position

Date: Jan. 1, 2016
Issues: Constitution Guns

"The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
~ Amendment II of the U.S. Constitution

It is a common misconception that the main purpose of the U.S. Constitution is to delineate all of our rights as American citizens. In reality, the Constitution does two things: It provides a framework for every American to understand his or her most basic right and it highlights the boundaries of the federal government's power. The simultaneous declaration of the rights of Americans and the constraints of the federal government are the bedrock of our Republic. The concept of individual rights working in harmony with government constraints is as revolutionary an idea today as it was in 1776.

Citizens across the Seventh District of Georgia regularly use firearms in responsible ways for sporting, hunting and self-protection. These law-abiding individuals are not robbing banks or going on shooting sprees. They are teaching their children how to responsibly use guns, to take seriously firearm safety and to understand the consequences of failing to do so. Unfortunately, there are too many federal government officials who believe it is acceptable to trample on the firths of these law-abiding citizens because there are some Americans who would use guns to perpetrate violence. I am proud to say that I am not that kind of elected official.

I believe it is important to preserve the power of the Constitution and the basic rights that it entails. As the U.S. Representative for the Seventh District of Georgia, I will do my part to protect citizens' basic rights to bear arms by supporting local law enforcement in their mission to stop gun violence and stop unconstitutional legislation from infringing upon the Second Amendment.