My heart breaks for the people killed and injured in the the epidemic of mass shootings we have experienced. Our elected representatives should be listening to our citizens: over 90% of Americans, including gun owners and NRA members, believe we should modernize background checks to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them. And 85% of us believe bump stocks should be illegal.
During the 2016 election cycle, Rep. Lloyd Smucker received more money in outside spending and direct contributions from the National Rifle Association than any other House candidate: $221,736. Our community is outraged by the horrific death tolls in Las Vegas, Orlando, Parkland, and Newtown, but it’s hard to stand up for what’s right when the corporate firearms lobby spends more money to elect you than any other candidate. Rep. Smucker should be ashamed.
I grew up on the edge of farm fields in Leola, Pennsylvania. My community is home to hunters and sportsmen. I support the right to own guns, and I also know that none of us need to buy rapid-fire, assault weapons that are designed for warzones. Protecting our communities from assault weapons, banning bump stocks and accessories that transform legal guns into deadly automatic weapons, and creating a comprehensive system of background checks is just common sense.