There is no more fundamental right than the right to self-defense. Without this, all other rights are moot.
There are two key facts about guns in America. The first is that guns prevent a large number of violent crimes, often without a shot being fired, that would otherwise be committed against innocent people. These crimes almost certainly would not be prevented by the police, who cannot be everywhere and at all times. Guns are the most effective form of self-defense, particularly for the most vulnerable.
The second is that a large percentage of gun homicides are geographically concentrated. Almost 70% of these killings occur in 5% of the nation’s counties. Even within these counties, the killings primarily occur within a small area. Many of these killings are gang-related and they nearly all occur in areas with the toughest gun laws. It is very hard to believe that stricter gun laws would materially deter these crimes.
Putting these two facts together, the conclusion is unavoidable: advocates of tighter gun laws are willing to risk greater violence against the completely innocent in the almost certainly futile hope that this will reduce homicides among the already criminal.
This is not a tradeoff that I, as your Representative, would ever be willing to allow. In any event, I would never vote for any Federal legislation on guns since this matter is strictly reserved to the states under the 10th Amendment.