U.S. CONGRESS 2016
CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6
“The Future Shall Be Ours.”
In regard to the Orlando mass shooting, the views of Gabby Giffords and
Mark Kelly of AMERICANS FOR RESPONSIBLE SOLUTIONS.ORG apply. Gabby
Giffords, of course, is the former congresswoman who was shot multiple
times several years ago in the shooting in Tucson. Mark Kelly is her
husband and the former astronaut. This is what they said:
“Congress must close loopholes in our laws that allows criminals and
to get their hands on guns. Congress must act to ensure that the dangerously
mentally ill find it easier to access affordable treatment than a firearm.
“And while we are still learning all of the details about what happened,
news reports that the Orlando shooter was tracked by the FBI. Late last year,
Congress failed to pass a law that would have closed the “terror gap” that
people on an FBI watch list to legally purchase guns. That has to change,
as well.” (“Orlando mass shooting,” email sent out by Gabby Giffords and
Mark Kelly of the organization “Americans for Responsible Solutions.org”,
June 12, 2016.)
Secondly, I don’t think that Muslims should be singled out for
discrimination because of what happened in Orlando or other places. Yes,
Mr. Mateen was a Muslim, but was Timothy McVeigh or Adam Lanza? No, they
were not. That’s like saying that we should be afraid of all black men
because of what a few black men have done.
I agree with President Obama. ““Where does this stop?” Mr. Obama said of
Mr. Trump’s approach, noting that Mr. Trump had proposed a ban on
admitting Muslims into the United States, and that the Orlando assailant,
like perpetrators of previous domestic terrorist attacks in San
Bernardino, Calif., and Fort Hood, Tex., was an American citizen.
“Are we going to start treating all Muslim-Americans differently? Are we
going to start subjecting them to special surveillance? Are we going to
start discriminating against them because of their faith?” “…Because
that’s not the America we want — it doesn’t reflect our democratic ideals.
It won’t make us more safe. It will make us less safe.” (“Obama Denounces
Donald Trump for His ‘Dangerous’ Mind-Set,” by Julie Hirschfeld Davis and
Matt Flegenheimer, NEW YORK TIMES, June 14, 2016.
If elected to Congress, I will advocate for reasonable background checks
and a one-week waiting period on gun purchases. I support the efforts of
Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly of AMERICANS FOR RESPONSIBLE SOLUTIONS.ORG.
Moreover, I will support the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
which guarantees religious freedom in our country. No particular religious
group should be singled out for discrimination.
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THE FUTURE SHALL BE OURS, if we adopt in Congress reasonable background
checks and a one-week waiting period on gun purchases; and if we do not
discriminate against any religious group because of the actions of only a
very few of its members. Our rule of law and our Constitution must
Thank you for your time.
W. John Williamson