To the editor:
I am 12 years old, and am writing in support of Lauren Underwood for re-election to Congress for the 14th District.
I support Congresswoman Underwood because she is a strong advocate for gun violence prevention.
This issue is personal to me and I have decided to use my voice to raise awareness and call for change in laws to protect people from gun violence. I have participated in rallies to help support candidates that will fight in congress to make changes in laws that help prevent gun violence, keep children safe at school, and help victims of violence and abuse.
I am also concerned about violence against girls and women. The facts about gun violence are shocking, but they do make clear why we need public safety measures to help keep people safe. According to the statistics shared by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, every month, 52 women on average are shot and killed by a partner, and 1 in 3 women experience some type of threat or abuse from someone they know.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence. They work to educate the public about gun safety measures and also are working to prevent people convicted of domestic abuse from having access to guns. This group also believes in common sense gun violence prevention laws and they are supporting Congresswoman Underwood’s efforts.
I want to thank Congresswoman Underwood for making gun violence prevention a priority, and thank her for voting to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Reauthorizations of 2019. This bill passed the House in a bipartisan effort, and if it becomes a law, again, it would now provide more mental health care for survivors of domestic violence. I also thank Congresswoman Underwood for passing the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019. I very much appreciate her supporting these checks to ensure that criminals cannot have access to guns.
While I support the second amendment that asserts every state’s right to have a “well-regulated militia” and the right of the people to have and carry weapons, I do not believe that allowing people to own weapons of war or semi-automatic assault rifles, like an AR 15, is in the best interest of communities.
Catherine Mary Costello