Public Safety

As a teacher, I know that in a moment of crisis, I'm the one responsible for putting my body between a gunman and the young people in my charge. I have been energized and electrified by students across the country who have stood up to demand that the adults in their lives do a better job of keeping them safe.

And while mass shootings in schools are shocking and tragic, they account for just 1-2% of America's 39,000 gun deaths each year; about two thirds are suicides, and about one third are homicides.  We have to do a better job restricting access to firearms to stop these senseless deaths.  

Here I am on WUSA9 discussing a proposal to arm teachers; here is a piece I wrote for Maryland Matters; and here's a B-CC student newspaper spread featuring me:

In Annapolis, I’ll work toward...

  • Common Sense Gun Laws. I will support all the basic, common sense gun reforms (such as universal background checks, minimum age requirements, and eliminating the ability of domestic abusers to have guns via a pre-trial petition) that are a necessary, but not sufficient step to fix our gun and violence problems.

  • Gun-free public spaces.  I'll support active efforts to prohibit firearms on public university campuses, and I'll resist legislative efforts to allow guns in houses of worship.

  • Taxing Guns More Heavily: Taxes on firearms and ammunition are one of the more powerful tools we have to reduce their purchase and use. I will support efforts to raise such taxes in Maryland.

  • Gun Industry Divestment: It’s time to figure out how to hit the gun industry in the wallet. As a delegate, I will explore how we can make sure that public pension funds and other state investment monies do not support the gun industry.

  • Give Law Enforcement the Tools they Need To Solve Crimes: Too many murders go unsolved, leaving victims without justice and criminals without a deterrent for their behavior. I will support change that will give law enforcement officials the resources to carry out resource-intensive investigations, including reviving and modernizing the microstamping law that was repealed in Maryland in 2015.