Doug Ducey, Republican: "My heart goes out to any person or family that has been affected by violent crime. The common thread in recent tragedies--Tucson, Aurora, Newtown and now Isla Vista--is that many warning signs were overlooked or ignored. As a nation, we must take a hard look at our mental health system and its failings, and ensure better cooperation between mental health agencies and law enforcement. I will work with Arizona mental health experts, the firearms community and law enforcement professionals to make sure that any programs brought forward will reduce violence and not infringe on the Constitution."
Frank Riggs, Republican: "The answer is not to restrict freedom and the constitutionally protected right to own firearms, or for that matter, video games. The 'recent mass shootings,' including at UC Santa Barbara, where the first three victims were stabbed to death, have been perpetrated by deranged young men who were estranged from their families and alienated from society. There's no way to prevent crimes by insane individuals but every child should have the chance to be raised to adulthood by role-modeling parents in a nurturing and loving home, and government policies should encourage intact families and combat the breakdown of marriage."
Fred DuVal, Democrat: "As a recreational shooter, gun owner, and strong supporter of the second amendment, I know that we can keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill without infringing on the right of the people to keep and bear arms
"There's no guaranteed way to prevent mass shootings, but we can reduce gun violence and start healing the heartbreak from Sandy Hook, Aurora, Isla Vista, and Tucson by sharing mental health records between states and requiring background checks for all gun purchases."
I often hear from NRA members that the solution is more individuals with guns. In the Arizona State House, I stood up against proposals to allow guns in our parks and public buildings. I know as a US Marine who is trained in close quarters combat that having untrained individuals carrying guns can make the work of law enforcement officers more difficult.
I'll work across the aisle to help end gun violence. I'll continue my work on closing the "terror gap" to ensure that suspected terrorists can't buy guns. I will work to protect gun buyback programs, such as those in Phoenix, that remove unwanted and dangerous guns from the street. I will stand up to the NRA and be a voice for gun owners who want to see universal background checks.
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