Mr. Speaker, I rise today in opposition to this anti-Second Amendment legislation.
I know firsthand how important firearm ownership and the Second Amendment are for self-defense.
Five years ago, I was in the batter's box at a baseball field in Virginia practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game when a deranged gunman tried to kill us because we were Republicans. The attack would have been a massacre if not for the armed U.S. Capitol police officers, my heroes, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, who were there. The actions on that field that day solidified my support for the Second Amendment.
Remember, Mr. Speaker, this gunman wanted to settle his political differences with us, who were trying to fix a broken health care system, with bullets on a baseball field. It's not what we do in the United States of America, but that day, my thought was I wish I had my firearm to protect myself.
We don't need more laws and restrictions that make it more difficult for law-abiding, gun-owning citizens to exercise their Constitutional rights and protect their families. We need to support law enforcement and get tough on criminals who steal guns and commit violent crimes, and further improve mental health programs.
I'm a proud gun owner, I'm a concealed carry licensee, and strong supporter of our Second Amendment. I always have and always will work to preserve the Second Amendment for law-abiding American citizens.
I urge my colleagues to vote NO on this attempt to undermine the Second Amendment, and I yield back.