By Mike Parrish, Candidate, U.S. Representative, 6th District
I am a gun owner and proud supporter of our Second Amendment. As an Army veteran who served in Desert Storm, I have extensive training on how to responsibly use, care for, and safely store firearms. I have also seen first hand the damage that guns can do.
In the aftermath of the shocking Orlando shooting by a radical domestic terrorist, the political discourse has been sadly predictable. I believe we are well past the time for thoughts and prayers or moments of silence offered by elected representatives who refuse to take action on the gun crisis because they are hostages to the NRA. Their actions, or lack thereof, are not leadership.
As a result of this failure of leadership, there have been 19,479 gun deaths and another 29,402 gun-related injuries in the United States since the current congress, including my opponent, took office at the beginning of 2015.