Reforms That Work
"Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their
reputations… can never effect a reform."
– Susan B. Anthony.
I believe that we have an obligation, to do our best to improve the lives of all Americans. That means we need to roll up our sleeves and get to work reforming our broken systems.
IMMIGRATION THAT WORKS
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
We have a broken system of drug enforcement. We spend $20B a year on prisons for non-violent drug offenders. Meanwhile, white collar criminals to steal $300B a year because police are overwhelmed with pot smokers. I believe we should focus our resources on stopping violent and fraudulent crimes. Lets also stop over policing communities of color.
UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS
40% of all guns sold in America are sold without a background check. Virtually every police and criminal justice organization agrees that enforcing a universal background check standard is the reform most likely to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. Let’s simplify the gun purchase process so everyone gets a background check.
Such a system stops people from buying guns when they were never supposed to be able to in the first place. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, relies on state and federal officials to report mental-health and criminal-conviction records that legally bar individuals from purchasing firearms. But those records don’t always make it into the system.
Additionally, overturning the Dickey Amendment, introduced in 1996, prohibits any federal funds from being used to study gun related violence. We lose more than 30,000 Americans each year from gun related deaths – and our government prohibits any research to be done.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ENFORCEMENT