On April 21, I was a panelist on the Preventing Gun Violence forum. The event was hosted by the Cole County Democrats and included representatives from MOMS Demand Action and Sandy Hook Promise. All candidates running for the 60th Missouri House District were invited to attend. The forum gave an update on the various gun bills that the Missouri Legislature is currently debating.
As the only Missouri House candidate on the panel, I was able to speak to my stance on gun safety and how it is a part of my platform. However, I was also there as a member of the Jefferson City community. During my time in the U. S. Army, I learned the importance of firearm safety, and I understand both the value of protecting one's self and protecting schools and other public spaces. It is absolutely necessary that we keep the conversation going about reforms to gun regulations--it is the only way to prevent NRA lobbyists from making decisions that do not truly reflect the wants, needs, and values of the voters.
For more information, read the Jefferson City News Tribune article about the panel, or watch the KOMU coverage online.