Editor: I saw recently State Senator Jennifer Wexton received the Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate distinction for standing up for gun violence prevention and recognizing gun safety. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a national, non-partisan gun violence prevention organization with chapters in all 50 states. This is an important badge of honor to wear proudly.
In her tenure as a state senator, Wexton has been a reliably strong advocate for common sense gun reforms that would establish universal background checks, close the gun-show loophole, ban bumpstocks, mandate the reporting of lost and stolen firearms, and keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers and those convicted of stalking. She has also fought to prevent the loosening of restrictions on concealed carry permits.
Most voters are in line with these positions. In fact, 97 percent of American voters and 97 percent of gun owners support criminal background checks on all gun sales.
Americans are fed up with gun violence in this country which takes the lives of 96 of us every day—and more of us are becoming single-issue voters. Virginia candidates should know supporting gun violence prevention measures is no longer a third-rail political issue as evidenced by our election in November 2017. We supported candidates who stood for gun safety and rejected the gun lobby’s agenda. It turns out, gun policy was the second most important issue to us. Post-election polling showed 57 percent of Virginia’s voters supported the gun safety advocate, Ralph Northam, for governor.
Recognition from Moms Demand Action tells me Senator Wexton is more aligned with my views as a voter than our incumbent congresswoman.
Kristin Jones, Ashburn