I believe in the first amendment. People of all faiths should be free to exercise their religion without threat of retribution. This is one of the values upon which Utah was founded.
Our Constitution protects the right to keep and bear arms. We need commonsense policies that protect hunters and sportsmen but prevent dangerous weapons from falling into the hands of mass murderers. In the wake of the horrible mass shooting in Las Vegas, I call for a ban on bump stocks and other kits that turn semiautomatic weapons into fully automatic killing machines. Such weapons have no place in hunting, sportsmanship, or personal self-defense.
Everyone who buys a gun should have to go through the same background check as everyone else—loopholes that get around background checks need to be eliminated. I also favor legislation that mandates weapons being locked in one safe while ammunition is locked in another—something that responsible gun owners do anyway. I support working with gun manufacturers to make it harder to remove a gun’s serial number, and to microstamp bullets. Finally, I believe we should embrace cutting-edge technologies like biometric locks to keep guns out of the wrong hands.
Extreme partisanship is destroying civil discourse and debate. We need new men and women in Congress who can reach across the aisle to better our nation. Stonewalling is unpatriotic, and when it leads to travesties like forced government shutdowns—which Republicans in Congress have repeatedly threatened, and recklessly done—it stops being merely irresponsible and becomes downright destructive. Making progress through compromise is what America has always been about. It is in our national DNA. We reject our own heritage when we put partisanship above the well-being of our fellow citizens.
Patience and persistence produce change. It may not come as quickly as we wish, but we must engage for the long run and celebrate small victories as they come. We face daunting obstacles, and it will take stamina to make positive change happen. We need to set minor differences aside for the greater good, and unite in the common cause of defending our freedoms. That is why I intend to join the bipartisan Congressional Problem Solvers Caucus.