I am humbled and honored to have been designated as a “Gun Sense Candidate” by Moms Demand Action for Gun Safety and Everytown for Gun Safety.
I certainly will fight, not to confiscate guns, but towards advancing legislation that would reduce the amount of injuries and deaths caused by gun violence that sadly already afflicts our state.
When weak regulations make it too easy for the wrong people to obtain firearms, it can sadly lead to all kinds of violence. Deadly domestic abuse, homicides, suicides, school shootings, church shootings, disgruntled employee shootings – the devastation is clear. Research shows that common-sense public safety laws do work towards reducing gun violence and saves lives. We can work together to put a stop to the nearly 38,000 gun deaths that happen every year in the United States.
South Carolina ranks 11th in the top 20 states with the highest rates of deaths by firearm. In an average year, 859 people die by gun in our state. South Carolina’s gun death rate averages at 17.1 deaths per 100,000 people. In SC, no permit is required for a purchase of a firearm and 58% of our gun deaths are suicides while 39% are homicides. This is compared to 61% and 36% respectively, nationwide.
In 2015, the South Carolina chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America applauded former Governor Haley for signing Senate Bill S.3 into law, which protects victims of domestic violence by prohibiting abusers convicted of serious domestic violence from possessing guns. Because research proved that the presence of a firearm in a domestic violence situation makes it five times more likely that a woman will be shot and killed, the enacted law law prohibits abusers who are convicted of domestic violence felonies from having guns – as well as prohibits domestic abusers from having guns for a period of three years if they are convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor for causing serious injury to a family member. Between 2007 and 2011, women in South Carolina were twice as likely to be shot and killed by their intimate partners as the average American woman. Each year, the Violence Policy Center (VPC) releases a report to show the homicides involving one female murder victim and one male offender – using data from the 2017 Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Supplementary Homicide Report – found that nationwide, 92% of women killed by men were murdered by someone they knew and that the most common weapon used was a gun.
I look forward to working with everyone in our community to help save lives with common sense gun laws. Fighting to protect the well-being of all South Carolinians should be everyone’s goal.
Moms Demand Action is a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence. We pass stronger gun laws and work to close the loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our families. We also work in our own communities and with business leaders to encourage a culture of responsible gun ownership. We know that gun violence is preventable, and we’re committed to doing what it takes to keep families safe.
Everytown for Gun Safety is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities. Gun violence touches every town in America. For too long, change has been thwarted by the Washington gun lobby and by leaders who refuse to take common-sense steps that will save lives.
But something is changing. Nearly 6 million mayors, moms, cops, teachers, survivors, gun owners, students and everyday Americans have come together to make their own communities safer. Together, we are fighting for the changes that we know will save lives. Everytown starts with you, and it starts in your town.