Stop The Killing Of My Fellow Americans
Nevada Senator Jacky Rosen
Democratic National Committee
Authored By: Bradley Chapline
4 August 2019
A MESSAGE TO SENATOR ROSEN AND THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE
I'm fed up with emails and phone calls literally begging me for donations and ultimately my vote in the 2020 elections.
Because first, Democrats must earn my vote. So here is what I demand from a both a presidential and congressional candidate.
First, in association with two mass-shootings in the last twenty-four hours, here is my most pertinent quote that should be paid a great deal of attention:
"America has proved itself unworthy of the constitutional right to keep and bear arms?" >Bradley Chapline<
Democrats, do you get the gist of the above message? No longer can any politician say, and use as an excuse, "I've tried my best to attain gun control but the votes needed to pass this legislation fell short". This is NOT acceptable. An effective politician finds pathways to getting their legislation passed.
Are you Democrats taking notice that everyday, one-hundred Americans are killed with guns? Do you realize that hundreds more innocent Americans are shot and injured everyday?
Can't you Democrats see the dire need for an enforceable, strict mental health criteria to be applied to all current and potential gun owners?
Secondly, tactical operations must be planned and initiated for the confiscation and or removal of illegally held weaponry inside America. Don't you Democrats realize that illegal guns outnumber licensed guns in this country? We are under heavy attack by our own domestic terrorists. Don't you Democrats understand this?
Can't you Democratic politicians see that gun violence shapes the lives of millions of Americans? Take a good look at these people who have witnessed it. Take a good look at people who know someone who was shot. And, take a good look at the scores of American citizens who live in fear of the next mass shooting.
Can't you Democrats see that all these murders of innocent Americans are taking away the pride, the passion, and the enthusiasm of our country?
I know that many Republicans and the National Rifle Association (NRA) are not in step with the safety of Americans. However, the time for arguing is long over. The time for debate is long over. America needs action now. No more speeches, no more eulogies, and certainly no more false promises.
Sgt. United States Marine Corps (former)
Nevada State Peace Officer (retired)
Note: I am a licensed gun owner who would be willing to fully submit to and pay for a valid mental health examination in retaining my guns.
Senator Jacky Rosen's Reply
Thank you for contacting me with your thoughts about gun violence prevention. Like you and many Nevadans, I support commonsense measures to curb gun violence, and I welcome your thoughts on this critically important topic.
On October 1, 2017, Nevada witnessed the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history when a gunman opened fire on a crowd at a music festival, leaving 58 people dead and nearly 500 injured. We have joined a long list of communities -- now including El Paso and Dayton -- who have suffered this type of horrific, heart-wrenching massacre. In the aftermath of these attacks, Nevadans and Americans across the country have called for change, and I stand ready to work with my colleagues to pass commonsense gun safety legislation.
We must work to ensure that nothing like these tragic events ever happens again. It is far past time for Congress to act on commonsense gun violence prevention solutions that will keep guns out of the hands of individuals who shouldn’t have them and keep weapons of war out of our communities. Throughout my time in Congress, I have supported legislation to close loopholes by requiring background checks for all commercial gun sales, ban bump stocks, fund gun violence prevention research, and bar the sale of high-capacity magazines.
Earlier this year, I was proud to join Senator Chris Murphy to help introduce the Background Check Expansion Act (S.42). This legislation would require a background check for all commercial gun sales and transfers, whether they occur online, at a gun show, or anywhere else. Similar legislation passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support in February, and I am calling on Republican Senate leaders to bring it to the floor for a vote.
You may be pleased to know that I also helped introduce the Keep Americans Safe Act (S.447) in February 2019. This legislation would prohibit the transfer, importation, and possession of magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
Additionally, I am a co-sponsor of the Assault Weapons Ban (S.66), legislation that would ban the sale, transfer, manufacture, possession, and importation of military-style assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines. I am also a co-sponsor of the Gun Violence Prevention Research Act (S. 184), which authorizes funding for gun violence research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most recently, this May I joined Senator Casey's Disarm Hate Act (S. 1462), which would prevent individuals convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime from obtaining a firearm.
Last Congress, while serving as a member of the House of Representatives, I also co-led H.R. 3999, a bipartisan bill to ban the manufacture, sale, and use of bump stocks and similar devices, like those used in the 1 October Shooting in Las Vegas. I also co-sponsored the Gun Trafficking Prevention Act (H.R. 1475), which would have made it a crime to purchase or transfer a firearm with the intent to deliver it to a person who is prohibited by federal or state law from possessing a firearm. During this time, I was a member of the House's Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and introduced bipartisan legislation to close a loophole in the Uniform Code of Military Justice to ensure that individuals in the military who are convicted of domestic violence are reported to the federal background check system and thus are blocked from purchasing a firearm. The core of my bill was included in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, which was signed into law last year.
I believe we can uphold and respect the Second Amendment while also enacting reasonable gun safety laws that help keep Americans safer from gun violence. Our gun violence epidemic is not normal, and we must realize that it is not inevitable. I will work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to achieve these results in a bipartisan manner, and I stand ready to vote on and pass commonsense gun safety legislation to end our national epidemic. Should related legislation come to the Senate floor for a vote, I will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind.
It is an honor to represent you and all Nevadans in the United States Senate and I welcome your input as we work to find common ground in the 116th Congress. To stay informed of my work in the Senate, please visit my website and follow me on Facebook , Twitter , and Instagram .
Brad Chapline's Reply
This is it!? America's citizens are under attack by both its domestic terrorists and the mentally deranged while guns remain in the wrong hands and mass-shootings continue to multiply in extreme amounts?