I grew up in rural North Carolina surrounded by guns. I respect a person’s right to defend themselves and their household by the legal purchase of a gun as written in the Second Amendment. However, the Second Amendment does not prohibit the passage of sensible gun reform that would help address the epidemic of gun violence across our country. We must require universal background checks, ban high capacity magazines, and limit the sale of assault weapons to civilians. I will also support a full repeal of the Dickey Amendment and allocate funding to the CDC for the study of gun violence as a public health issue. Our children are marching and calling for change, and we must stand with them.