Here is Washington State Congresswoman, Suzan DelBene’s response to my letter asking her to support the 2nd Amendment.
Thank you for contacting my office and sharing your views on gun legislation. I understand that this is an important issue for many of my constituents and I appreciate you taking the time to write me.
I am committed to working to identify bipartisan policy solutions that will better protect our children and communities from tragic mass shootings. There is no one law or set of laws that will prevent every single instance of senseless violence, but we must do a better job of preventing gun violence. We must also keep in mind that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to bear arms. Most gun owners are responsible and law-abiding, and they use their guns safely.
As a member of the House Judiciary Committee, I am eager to review legislation and identify common-sense steps that we can take to prevent gun violence and mass shootings while also respecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners. For example, too many guns today are still sold without a background check and too many individuals prohibited from having a gun slip through the cracks. I believe that strengthening our system of background checks is critical, and I support legislation that would require universal background checks of all gun purchases. We also need to give law enforcement the necessary tools to crackdown on illegal gun trafficking and take concrete steps to improve access to mental health care.
As we move forward, I will consult with law enforcement officials, mental health and public health experts, parents and families of victims, educators, and law-abiding gun owners in order to craft legislation that is responsible and effective. Rest assured that as proposals to curb gun violence come before the House Judiciary Committee, I will certainly keep your views in mind.
Again, thank you for voicing your concern on this critical public safety issue. I invite you to stay connected with me by signing up for my e-newsletter at http://delbene.house.gov/contact-me/newsletter. Through this newsletter, I will periodically ask for your opinion on votes and will notify you on issues affecting the district. I can also be reached on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RepDelbene and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/RepDelBene. My office is here to serve you, so please do not hesitate to contact us.
Member of Congress