We need to stop gun violence

Protecting our children and grandchildren has to be a top priority.

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I am a gun owner

I am a gun owner who had an A rating from the NRA when I was in Congress. I strongly believe in the Second Amendment. However, it is crucial for our nation to confront the distressing reality that mass shootings have become increasingly prevalent in our society.

To address this issue, we need leaders who possess an open mind and are willing to implement common sense solutions. We know how to stop gun violence. It is not a matter of undermining the Second Amendment, but rather finding a balanced approach that prioritizes public safety and the lives of America’s kids and grandkids while ensuring responsible gun owners have minimal impact.

Regardless of our stance on the Second Amendment, there is a shared desire among all of us to protect our children and ensure that firearms do not end up in the hands of individuals who pose a threat to society.

This is an area where we can find common ground and work together to develop effective measures.

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We all want to keep our children safe and guns out of the hands of dangerous people.

WILL HURD, Republican presidential candidate

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Mass shootings have become alarmingly frequent in America, and it is imperative that we take immediate action to put an end to this devastating trend.

Uvalde is less than 90 miles from my home, and I proudly served them in Congress. In Texan terms — that’s right next door.

Nineteen students and two teachers were killed, families torn apart, and a profound sense of grief engulfed the nation once again.

This incident stands as a stark reminder of the grave consequences of not having adequate measures in place to prevent individuals with harmful intentions from committing violence.

Unfortunately, the Uvalde shooting is just one of the many such incidents that have plagued our nation.

From schools to places of worship, concerts to workplaces, mass shootings have become far too common, and the toll they take on our society is immeasurable.

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Mass shootings in schools have become an alarming problem with far-reaching consequences.

But when you look at the data, and take a common sense approach, there are clear patterns. And where there are clear patterns, there are clear solutions.

  1. The median age of a school shooter is 16. We see a huge drop-off of shooters once they reach 21.
  2. 77% of mass shooters legally purchased at least some of their weapons. Over 80% of school shooters involving juveniles stole their guns from friends or family.
  3. Nearly all shooters are males who plan their attacks in advance In almost every documented case of active shooters, warning signs were shown.

One of the contributing factors to these tragic events is the easy access to weapons with high-capacity magazines. No stringent background or red flag checks in place, making it relatively simple for potential assailants to obtain deadly firearms.

What do we have to do today to stop gun violence?

Implement background checks

Empower law enforcement through red-flag laws

Raise the minimum age to 21

Start to really invest in American mental health

We need confident steps for the future of our children:

  • Implement comprehensive background checks;
  • Empower law enforcement through red-flag laws;
  • Invest more in American mental health;
  • Raise the minimum age to purchase a high-caliber, semi-automatic weapon that can hold a high-capacity magazine, to the same as regulations for handguns today – 21.

These practical solutions deserve serious consideration at the federal level.

By coming together and finding common ground, we can overcome the challenges that plague our society.

Gun violence is not an isolated issue. It is part of a larger problem that requires sensible leadership and effective solutions.

We need leaders who understand the complexities of our times and are willing to make tough decisions.

By prioritizing the safety of our communities, we can make meaningful progress in reducing gun violence.

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Will Hurd has spent the past 20 years on the front lines of the most pressing fights facing our nation, in the Middle East, Congress, and the highest levels of business and tech.

Will has spent his life fighting for our country, and he will take those decades of experience with him as he fights for all us.

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The choice we face

In every decision we make, we stand at a crossroads. The path of division and quick fixes is well-trodden, but it’s time we consider a different route – one paved with unity and foresight.

Imagine an America where common sense prevails, where policies are crafted with the people’s best interests at heart, and our collective strengths are the foundation of national progress.

This is more than a possibility. It’s a choice we can make right now. By coming together, we have the power to foster a nation that champions innovation, inclusivity, and integrity.

What do we agree on?

Believe it’s important to protect free speech
Believe college education is important for success
Support the development of alternative energy sources
Believe it is essential to maintain Social Security
Support background checks for all gun buyers
Believe that LGBTQ+ individuals should have equal rights
Say it is important for the country to do more regarding race inequality
Are unhappy with the current US economy
Believe the federal government doesn't share enough information
Are concerned about pollution of drinking water
Believe the nation's infrastructure is in need of major repairs
Believe that access to affordable housing is a problem
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