Mass Shootings and Gun Violence Must End
All too often, Americans wake up to an all too familiar news story: another mass shooting took place somewhere in this country. How many more massacres will happen in schools and churches before we realize that this problem must be addressed? Americans are almost unanimous in demanding that we do something about this issue. A national poll conducted by Quinnipiac University found that 94% of Americans support universal background checks.
Assault Weapons Ban & Buying Back Assault Weapons
Solomon supports the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019. 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. There is no reason for civilians to possess LACFDs and SAWs; the legislature must wake up and implement this common sense reform. Solomon will support these reforms, as well as buybacks of assault weapons.
It is unbelievably easy in this country for us to purchase guns. People can buy a gun within a matter of minutes. In 2017, almost 40,000 people were killed because of a firearm, and 60% were due to suicide. 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 because it allows people to act on impulse.
Similarly, many acts of violence could be prevented if people had to wait to buy a gun because it creates a “cooling off” period, and this will prevent violent impulsive decisions. We must enact a federal waiting period to require that people must wait a period of time before a buyer can take possession of a gun.
Government- mandated Universal Background checks
Our country needs universal background checks. Right now, people can buy a gun off the internet, from a gun show, or from a private seller without having to go through background checks. This means that people with a record of violence, the seriously mentally ill, and domestic abusers can easily get access to a gun with virtually no difficulty. If you cannot pass a background check, then you should not be able to buy a gun. We must close these loopholes through implementing a universal background check system.
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.
Gun control in relation to domestic violence, restraining order loophole, mass shooters and domestic violence
Solomon believes that people who have committed a domestic violence offense have no business owning a gun. 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 purchase and possess guns even if they have been convicted of abuse or are under a restraining order for abusing a dating partner”. We must also close the Charleston loophole. This loophole 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.