Ending Gun Violence and Mass Shootings
In the past year, almost 40,000 people were victims of gun violence, and 60 percent of these were self-inflicted. Gun violence is a uniquely American problem, and Americans are in near unanimous agreement that we do something about it - a national poll conducted. A national poll conducted by Quinnipiac University found that 94% of Americans support universal background checks.
Assault Weapons Ban & Buyback
Semiautomatic assault weapons (SAW) or large capacity ammunition feeding devices (LACFD) are weapons of war, and they have no place among civilians. More people die in mass shootings when the shooter is using a semi-automatic rifle. Solomon supports the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019, which makes it illegal to manufacture, sell, and possess SAWs and LCAFDs, in addition to an assault weapons buyback to reduce the number of existing assault weapons. The legislature must wake up and implement this, and Solomon will support these reforms, as well as buybacks of assault weapons.
Universal Background checks
Americans almost unanimously support universal background checks -- 94 percent, according to a poll by Quinnipiac University. However, despite bipartisan support, Republican-led legislatures have voted against background checks. Solomon supports a Universal Background Check system built upon a national registry of firearms.
In 2017, almost 40,000 people were killed because of a firearm, and 60% of these were suicides. In fact, 90 percent of gun suicide attempts result in death, accounting for half of all suicides annually. As a medical student, Solomon has spent time training for suicide prevention, and one of the first questions he has been taught to ask patients with a suicide risk is if they have a firearm in the home. Access to a firearm is one of the biggest factors in determining whether someone will successfully commit suicide.
Solomon supports a federal waiting period to prevent impulsive acts of gun violence, including gun suicides.
End the Stranglehold of the NRA On Our Nation’s Politicians
There are fewer institutions that have a stronger sway on politicians than the NRA. Many politicians will never fight against the NRA because they are concerned about losing their position, influence, and campaign contributions. Solomon supports action that would prevent politicians from taking any money from the gun lobby.
Domestic Gun Violence and Mass Shootings
1 million women in this country today have been shot at by their partner. Solomon believes in closing the Boyfriend Loophole, which allows abusers to continue to have access to a gun after being convicted of domestic abuse or are under a restraining order for abuse. We must also close the Charleston Loophole, which allows abusers to purchase a gun after waiting on a background check for three business days if the background check was not completed during that time.