Listen: Michigan, Assault, Official discussed on Michigan Policast
"Violence michigan. It's one of the few states yet get to enact state law that will map onto the federal standard so there is no state law that prohibits convicted domestic abusers from possessing or purchasing guy they get too close called boyfriend loophole which allows those convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence against their dating partners or stalkers from having having guns and so that's one of our main agendas here in michigan is to shore up that michigan state law so there are local police can actually enforce that prohibition to keep michigan family safer would've been the roadblocks with the legislature so is it still a partisan issue where republican side just won't move on any of those. It's schumann elected official. It's not a partisan issue among michigan constituent so time and time again just like <hes> national data shows when there is pulling in michigan we see that the majority of michiganders' including gun owners support commonsense commonsense gun safety including criminal background checks on all sales keeping our permitting system and other measures. What we see is a case where the elected officials in our state are much more divide on nest the actual constituents are and so what we really need to have happen is for constituents using his voices to close that gap between where michigan citizens are where the elected officials officials are so we've seen any number of of the past two sessions under republican leadership members of the house anderson on the republican side proposing bills to essentially gut are permanent system to punish local municipalities for trying to enact commonsense gun safety legislation to allow guns in schools in bars and churches and stadiums all moving very far away from where the majority michiganders' would like to see us go i would assume the governor's office is more conducive to your point of view now that was last year that's true so in the twenty eighteen election's moms demand action across the country had a gun sits candidate program where we offer distinctions for candidates <unk> whose policies were consistent with our main national agenda for increasing public safety across the country and governor whitman earned the distinction as did attorney general dan nestle and several other members of the house and senate who took new seats in two thousand eighteen or gun sits candidates were actually very successful in the state they outperformed generic dims who didn't have the gun says distinction in terms winning their seats and cutting into republican majorities so we're in a very different landscape so we have a gun since governor and attorney general we have a number of guns it's candidates in the house and the senate and so we have many more votes than we did before and so we think this is a good time for constituents to be reaching out to hold elected officials accountable. There is a lot of talk at the national about doing away with assault weapons or making them very scarce. <hes> for civilian ownership is that's really that makes little sense at the state level simply because it's so easy for the weapons to cross state lines yeah so i mean there are a number of issues with those kind of proposal so <hes> one is that what we know from previous attempts to enact <hes> bands or prohibitions particular kinds of weapons is a gun manufacturers very savvy and they will change the weapons so that they no longer meet meet the definition under the laws that makes them very difficult to enforce and meaningful way but we do know from careful research following a federal weapons ban and banned in some states that those those laws do seem to result in a reduction in the number of the tallis particularly mass shooting incidents the most effective part of that seems to be a probe addition on high capacity magazines because those can be accepted both by assault weapons and buy some handguns the majority of gun desktops country actually from handguns so while assault weapon bands are potentially a solution. That's effective or addressing mass shootings. They don't do as much address. The everyday gun violence the kills one hundred plus americans every day and so we want to make sure that when we're talking about strategies for reducing gun violence who don't forget all of those deaths that happen as well looking at those purely from a political point of view. It's being said said that the shift in the political landscape really revolves around people who look like you suburban women and his gun issue is probably going to be the one that could shift the elections at the sense. You're getting from your membership in one sense. Yes i do think the issue of gun safety is first and foremost very strong in the suburbs birds strong among women but they're also other constituencies that are very concerned about gun violence that i think will be really important in this upcoming election so we know in this country that communities of color are disproportionately is proportionally impacted by gun violence. That's a really important constituency for folks who want to <hes> run and win the white house enron's state and local elections. We know veterans trends are very concerned about gun violence so the two thirds of gun deaths in this country are suicide and those who've served our country are especially high risk for firearm suicide. That's another important constituency that i think that will be critical for twenty twenty and i think politicians who don't see that they're gonna lose. <hes> the female vote. They're gonna lose a suburban vote. They're going to cut into these other constituencies if they don't speak out on gun violence. That's a place where some people are going to get caught back on their heels and if you don't see which way the political winds are blowing on this issue another thing that seems to be changing too is a lot more war veterans are entering congress and entering state legislatures <hes> if you've got tulsi gabbard running for president who's a war veteran. You've got pete buddha judge. Who's a war veteran served in a combat zone. Locally your member of congress elissa slot had several tours of duty overseas and they seem to be on the side of limiting these weapons because they respect them. Yeah i think the voice of gun owners and those who are trained gun owners especially a former law enforcement and veterans are really important certain aspects of the solutions will have for gun violence in this country because folks who grow up around guns who've grown up with the culture of responsible gun ownership those who've been employed in dangerous juris situations have a very different attitude about what are reasonable levels of oversight and restrictions and reasonable levels of training that we should have for those who are going to be using guns and in particular carrying guns in public spaces and i think those are really critical voices very consistent what we know from public polling that among the american public the vast majority the of gun owners also are in favor of commonsense measures like criminal background checks on all gun sales and other measures like that organizationally head as moms demand action for gun percents work your volunteer organization obviously what is your method of operation where the nation's largest gun violence prevention organization with chapters in every state and the district of columbia and so the organizational structure on the grassroots side flows from a variety of local groups spring up over the state. The local groups organized by chapter leader in michigan. That's me we share our actions across different local groups so we may coordinate on an on a public safety campaign will make coordinate on events for survivors and make it coordinate <hes> we all coordinate our legislative advocacy day every year that we have in lansing we have boasted comes up from the local level and we have state level leadership <hes> in addition to our local believes as that help manage our data needs the."