This from district 6:
From Rep Esquivel
I wanted to take just a moment and respond to your email concerning Gun Control, Gun Rights, Second Amendment issues etc.
Please know that as far as I am concerned there is no wavering on the Second Amendment. In my opinion the Second Amendment allows us as US Citizens to protect ourselves, our families and our property. It allows us to have a militia if this country were to be invaded and specifically gives us the right to bear arms to keep our own government in check if deemed necessary.
Limiting us, as Americans, access to guns in general or to specific guns and ammunition is a blatant affront to the Constitution of the United States and specifically the Second Amendment.
Now, is there work to be done most certainly but we need to focus on what needs to be done and what will make a difference. Our national and state mental health programs need to be examined closely and changes made where appropriate. We need to reexamine the reasons we declare different areas gun free zones. Does it make sense to announce that our schools and our theaters are gun free zones and then NOT expect those areas to be targeted?
Recently I had an individual verbally reprimand me for using the statement common sense but I believe that we need to apply common sense to these situations. If you are a criminal or suffering from mental health issues and you determine you want to hurt someone are you going to go to the local police station where you know there are people who protect themselves with firearms? I think not Common Sense tells you to find an area where there are no guns allowed.
I believe there is much work to be done in order to deter individuals from harming themselves and others with any weapons guns being the main topic of discussion at this time. It horrifies me to think of what happened in Connecticut at the school and in theater in Colorado but limiting law abiding American Citizens access to firearms is not the answer.
Thank you so much for corresponding with me on these issues I look forward to hearing from you again. I am here to assist you in any way possible and I appreciate you staying in touch.
Rep Sal Esquivel