ALEX K ON THE ISSUES:
Today, students and many of us in the community are on alert, more concerned than ever with our physical safety. We don’t have to choose between ensuring our children and loved ones are safe and our 2nd Amendment traditions. It’s time for responsible gun ownership.
It’s either choosing the 2nd Amendment or keeping our community safe.
We can meet the challenge. The 2nd Amendment is a proud tradition in our state. And so is responsible gun ownership. As Texans, we can walk and chew gum at the same time.
- It’s time we established red flag laws, like the one suggested by Governor Abbott, to remove weapons (after due process) from those that have mental health conditions and could do us harm.
- It’s time we increased penalties, civil and criminal, for the use of firearms by unauthorized users – just like those around car ownership. Parents should always pass on their traditions to their children – mine certainly did – but they must do so responsibly.
- It’s time for universal background checks. If a court order prohibits you from owning a firearm, retailers need to know so they can act responsibly for our community.
- It’s time we increased support and promotion of firearms with biometric locks – if your phone can open at a touch, so should your gun.
It’s either reforming our gun safety laws or investing in mental health.
We can do both. As our society continues to evolve, so do our healthcare needs, and that includes our mental health needs. It’s time to increase our investment in mental health care programs so that each of us can get the necessary help we need. That means working with school districts to hire more counselors, working with our counties to stop the jails from being our primary mental health providers, and working with the VA to ensure that Veterans and their families have the resources they need.
Whether it’s students learning leadership, responsibility and good communication skills at school or Veterans working through the trauma of the battlefield, it’s time we change our system so that Texans know they can get the care they need.
It’s either an expensive and intrusive criminal justice system or the end of rule of law.
Texas has one of the highest incarceration rates per capita in the country (nearly 600 per 100,000) and the highest number of incarcerated people in the country (nearly 170,000). That is a profound human and economic tragedy. So many of our fellow Texans are held in prisons, paid for by taxpayers, for longer than is necessary to maintain public safety or to pay for their crimes. Once released, we make it hard, through our licensing laws and regulations to reintegrate our fellow citizens back into our communities, as parents, business owners, and valued employees. Our system weakens families and wastes taxpayer dollars and needs to be changed.
It’s time we work towards a smarter criminal justice system. Not only is it the humane choice, but it is the fiscally responsible one as well. We can start by:
- Reforming our bail bond system and ending debtor’s prison
- Limiting civil asset forfeiture to those convicted of a crime
- Raising the age of criminal responsibility from 17 to 18
- Using restorative justice to reduce recidivism and lower costs
- Promoting community policing initiatives that build more trust between our police officers and the communities they stepped up to protect
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