State of Delaware Archives: on Gun Control


Julianne Murray: There are no such things as assault weapons

The candidates differed on the subject of assault weapons. Carney supported a ban but acknowledged that Congress didn't have the votes to make it happen. Murray said "there are no such things as assault weapons."
Source: Delaware News Journal on 2020 Delaware Gubernatorial race Oct 13, 2020

Lauren Witzke: Gun rights shall not be infringed

Q: Do you generally support gun-control legislation?

A: No. "...shall not be infringed."

Source: 2020 Delaware Senate PVS Political Courage Test Oct 10, 2020

Julianne Murray: Overt gun control is not necessary; violates 2nd amendment

Murray supports a bill of rights for businesses, including a one-year delay on new tax laws and regulations going into effect, time to fix any broken regulations/laws, and required cost estimates to a business for a new regulation's implementation.
Source: 2020 DE gubernatorial campaign website MurrayForDelaware.com Oct 9, 2020

John Carney: Keep guns out of the hands of those who would harm

We passed the Beau Biden Gun Violence Prevention Act and another, similar red flag law. The idea behind both pieces of legislation was really simple. We should keep firearms out of the hands of those intent on harming themselves or others. Family members and mental health providers can now raise a concern, and a judge decides whether to intervene. These laws have already been used 35 times to date. And they have helped save lives.
Source: 2020 Delaware State of the State address Jan 23, 2020

Rob Arlett: Pro-2nd Amendment; Americans have right to defend themselves

As a person who has raised his right hand twice to Defend˙our Constitution, Rob will always fight up for American's right to defend themselves and their families.˙˙
Source: 2018 Delaware Senate Campaign website RobArlett.com Sep 1, 2018

James DeMartino: Stop eroding our constitutional rights with restrictions

Our constitutional rights are being eroded by legislative restrictions and it must stop. We must have a legislator to protect and preserve our constitutional rights of free speech, freedom of religion and the right to keep and bear arms. I am that person. We need a legislator that believes in we the people and life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all, and I do.
Source: Wilmington News Journal on 2020 Delaware Senate race Aug 20, 2018

Gene Truono: He's pro 2nd Amendment but with common sense conditions

Gene fully supports the 2nd Amendment. However, he also believes that we need to address the mental health issues that lead to gun violence. He supports the improvement of background checks, gun safety, and a limitation on any device that can be used to enhance a weapon that enables it to fire automatically. Gene believes that all institutions should perform risk assessments and take immediate action for the safety of our citizens and schoolchildren without the need for legislation.
Source: 2018 Delaware Senate campaign website VoteTruono.com Apr 4, 2018

Chuck Boyce: Double headline - Already Done

Candidates Chuck Boyce and Gene Truono addressed 10 questions on a range of subjects. On the issue of gun control, Boyce said, "I will always be a strong supporter of the Second Amendment." He added that "there would need to be some colossal threat to our country" before he would consider "any type of action that reduced our rights under the constitution."

He added that "we need to make sure that we are helping those that need help" and that recent mass shootings were cases of others knowing the shooter was a threat "and said something, and the system failed."

"We have a broken system in background checks," Boyce said, adding that he believes there should be "consequences" for those in various agencies who drop the ball regarding information on potential dangers.

Truono said he also supports the Second Amendment, "and I don't think taking away people's guns will solve this problem. The real issue here, as we've seen, is that this is a mental health issue."

Source: Coastal Point on 2018 Delaware Senate debate Mar 2, 2018

Gene Truono: Double headline - Already Done

On the issue of gun control, Boyce said, "I will always be a strong supporter of the Second Amendment." He added that "there would need to be some colossal threat to our country" before he would consider "any type of action that reduced our rights under the constitution."

Truono said he also supports the Second Amendment, "and I don't think taking away people's guns will solve this problem. The real issue here, as we've seen, is that this is a mental health issue, which is an issue that this country has failed to address over and over and over again."

Truono said he supports instantaneous background checks "like we do credit reports for instant credit. He also said limiting the use of accessories that increase the fire power of a weapon "is something we should have a discussion about." He added that he feels that "every school, every church should do a risk assessment" regarding its vulnerability to gun violence.

Source: Coastal Point on 2018 Delaware Senate debate Mar 2, 2018

Lisa Blunt Rochester: Stand up to the NRA to close gun loopholes

Preventing Gun Violence: "As a mother of two, I worry about gun violence more than I ever should. I'm running to stand up to the radicals who are putting NRA campaign contributions above the lives of our children." - Lisa Blunt Rochester

We need to figure out long-term solutions to this problem by putting much tougher restrictions on who can own a gun and what those guns can do. We need to put much more effort and resources behind fixing our mental health system. In Congress, Lisa will stand up to the NRA by:

Source: 2016 Delaware House campaign website LisaBluntRochester.com Nov 8, 2016

John Carney: Enforce existing gun laws; do more on mental health

Congressman John Carney came to the Delaware Council for Global and Muslim Affairs to discuss his bid for governor of Delaware. On gun control, Carney stated that he supported common sense regulations, and mainly believed that we should focus on actually enforcing the laws we already have on the books, since that could potentially stop much of the violence associated with guns.

Carney also discussed the importance of mental health. He shared a story where he asked a school principal if he had one more dollar, where would it go? The principal responded by saying it would go to a mental health therapist.

Current politics, according to Carney, is dominated by partisanship. He said that he tries his best to not only represent his constituency, but also to be a moderate, staying away from extremes. But being a moderate means taking shots from both sides, which makes that choice especially hard.

Source: Wilmington News Journal on 2016 Delaware Governor's race Mar 10, 2016

Jack Markell: More troopers & more enforcement against gun crimes

Parents should not fear their children will be hit by stray bullets. Borrowing an idea from the Delaware State Troopers Association, we will make those who violate our laws fund efforts to reduce the incidence of gun violence. To this end, [my administration will] focus new resources, including additional state troopers, on reducing gun crimes, beginning in the City of Wilmington.
Source: 2011 Delaware State of the State Address Jan 20, 2011

Chris Coons: Respect 2nd Amendment with common sense limitations

Q: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?

A: Yes. Chris respects that the 2nd Amendment guarantees a person's right to keep and bear arms, subject to a few common sense limitations. Government should focus on strictly enforcing existing laws to protect public safety, rather than expanding gun regulations.

Source: Delaware Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test Sep 25, 2010

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Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
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Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
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Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
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CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

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Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
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Howard Schultz(I-WA)
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