I am a teacher. This national conversation of arming teachers to prevent gun violence in our schools, is disturbing. Texas teachers are trained to meet pedagogy and professional standards, that make learning relevant for today’s learners. Our responsibility does not, and should not, be that of an armed guard.
Instead, the conversation should be focused on AR-15s being used in the recent mass murders of students, and school personnel, at Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Since 2012, the AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle has been the weapon of choice in the deadliest mass murders in our country. At Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, the gunman fired 154 rounds in less than five minutes, murdering 20 innocent children, ages 6-7, and six staff members.
A recent Quinnipiac poll, released Feb. 20, found that 67 percent of Americans, which included 53 percent gun owners, are in support of a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons. This is the conversation we need to have — banning assault weapons, and protecting Americans from mass murders.
I stand with the majority of Americans, and call for a ban on assault weapons. I support:
• Assault weapon ban — including the sale, transfer, manufacturing and importation of customizable semi-automatic rifles;
• Universal background check;
• Mandatory waiting period for all gun purchases;
• Ban of high capacity ammunition magazines; and
• Extreme Risk Protection Order.
The time for thoughts and prayers are long passed. We need leadership with courage to protect our schools, our students, and our nation, against mass shootings and gun violence.
I am also a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, Texas 14. As an educator, I will advocate for the investment in our youth, through programs such as early childhood education, mentorship programs, and the strengthening of our public school education system. I will fight for all Americans to have access to health care and health care insurance.
I will focus on job training programs to alleviate the unemployment facing our residents. As a representative, I will defend Social Security and Medicare, and support our veterans to ensure they are not living on the streets, and without medical services. This district is still on the road to recovery from Hurricane Harvey, and we need resources to reach the residents that are still living in hotels and displaced from their homes.
I will represent you in Congress with compassion and civility.