I have no problem with people owning a firearm to hunt or to defend themselves and their families. I have hunted since I was 11 years old and I still enjoy it. I have successfully shot and captured deer, moose, quail, ducks, geese, partridge, and pheasants. I currently own two shotguns, a .270, and a .22. While I was in the Army, I used an M-16, an M-60, and a .45. We need to work together to make gun ownership and use as safe as possible. I am in favor of universal background checks for all gun purchases, an assault weapon ban, restrictions on the number of rounds that can be carried in a clip, outlawing armor piercing rounds and bump stocks.
Our nation has fallen behind on improving the treatment and ensuring the equal rights of the LGBTQ+ community. We have won great victories in the past few years, but much more is necessary to ensure true equality for all. I support the inclusion of the LGBTQ+ community in the military; anyone who is courageous and willing to serve has my respect. I support equal rights on other issues such as healthcare, adoption, anti-bullying efforts in schools, and other appropriate areas. Sexual orientation and gender identity should not be an acceptable and legal basis upon which to discriminate against certain people or groups. Anything less than full equality fails to embody the best form of American diversity, individuality, and respect.