NJ7 Congressional Candidates On Gun Safety - NJ7 Citizens for Change

NJ7 Congressional Candidates On Gun Safety

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The following is a collection of public statements and voting records on gun safety by each of the major candidates for NJ's 7th Congressional District. Please refer to candidate websites and social media accounts for additional information and to interact with candidates.

  Lindsay Brown Peter Jacob Goutam Jois Leonard Lance Tom Malinowski
Has gun safety position on website No Yes No Hidden Yes
Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate No Yes Yes No Yes
Supported by NRA No No No Yes No
Attended student-organized town-hall on gun safety Yes Yes Yes No Yes




 

 

Lindsay Brown (R)

lindsaybrownforcongress.com
Facebook: facebook.com/LindsayBrownforCongress
Twitter: @LindsayBrownNJ7

Track Record

Has not held elective office; is a web developer who had been a registered Democrat until after the 2016 election, when she changed her affiliation to Republican

Public Statements

Campaign Website

Nothing specifically on guns

Twitter (selected tweets)

March 24, 2018

March 11, 2018

 

TV/media:

[nothing found on the topic of guns]


Peter Jacob (D)

Jacob2018.com
Facebook: facebook.com/PeterJacobNJ
Twitter: @PeterJacobnj
Instagram: instagram.com/peterjacobnj
Snapchat: Snapchat.com/add/PeterJacobNJ

Track Record

Has not held elective office. Is a social worker who ran for this seat against the incumbent, Leonard Lance, in 2016

Public Statements

Campaign Website

"Mass shootings at schools to unintended child gun deaths to firearm suicides, these stories have become all too common. The gun violence incidences have reached epidemic levels in our nation. We can argue about the historical context of our 2nd Amendment, but the challenges we face today require 21st century solutions. We may not end gun violence today, but we can take common sense steps to make our nation safe and secure for all of us."

More at https://www.jacob2018.com/issues/gun-safety/

Twitter (selected tweets)

March 24, 2018

February 23, 2018

February 15, 2018

February 14, 2018

Nov. 7, 2017

TV/media

[nothing found on the topic of guns]


Goutam Jois (D)

http://www.jois2018.com
Facebook:www.facebook.com/goutamjois
Twitter: @goutamjois

Track Record

Has not held elective office; is a lawyer and stand-up comedian

Public Statements

Campaign Website

Nothing specifically on guns

April 4, 2018, Parkway Politics Podcast

Interview with Jois begins at minute 34; guns discussed starting around 1:06

Twitter (selected tweets)

April 22, 2018

April 20, 2018

April 11, 2018

April 5, 2018

March 25, 2018

March 24, 2018

March 21, 2018

March 14, 2018

Various tweets and videos related to the #ParklandPledge #NationalWalkoutDay rally

March 6, 2018

March 5, 2018

February 28, 2018

February 26, 2018

February 25, 2018

February 23, 2018

February 22, 2018

February 22, 2018

February 21, 2018

February 20, 2018

February 16, 2018

February 15, 2018



Leonard Lance (R, Incumbent)

lanceforcongress.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CongressmanLance
Twitter: @RepLanceNJ7
House of Representatives website: lance.house.gov

Track Record

National Rifle Association (NRA) Rating (Candidate positions of Gun Rights)

October 2017: 93%

December 2015: 79%

May 2014: 93%

According to nj.com, the NRA donated $1,000  to the Lance campaign in 2016. Lance asserted that the money had been returned

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/10/how_the_gun_lobby_spends_millions_of_dollars_in_wa.html

Political Summary of Lance’s voting record on gun-related issues is available at:

https://votesmart.org/candidate/4443/leonard-lance?categoryId=37&type=V,S,R,E,F,P#.Wta5TYjwbIX

Campaign Website

Current page on 2nd Amendment

Position on 2nd Amendment (2012):

 

Public Statements

January 5, 2016: In response to President Obama’s executive actions on gun control

“Rather than infringing on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens I believe we must focus on keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill by enforcing the laws currently on the books and better addressing the root cause of many gun-related tragedies: mental health illness.”

Source: https://lance.house.gov/newsroom/press-releases/lance-statement-on-president-obama-s-executive-order-on-gun-control

Twitter (selected tweets)

March 1, 2018

 

February 14, 2018

 

November 7, 2017

 

October 2, 2017

 

TV/media:

April 19, 2018, addressing Delaware Valley High School students in a Q&A session

In response to a student’s question about what he would do to prevent a school shooting like the one in Parkland, Florida, he said the school board is responsible for deciding how to protect the school. He said if he were on the board he would want security personnel on duty, along with other measures, such as metal detectors, to "make sure weapons cannot enter the school." He said he would not support a requirement for teachers to carry guns.

http://www.nj.com/hunterdon-county-democrat/index.ssf/2018/04/nj_congressman_leonard_lance_visits_dvrhs.html

 

Feb. 27, 2018: CNN interview

Calls for bump stocks to be banned

Source: https://grabien.com/story.php?id=157715


Tom Malinowski (D)

malinowskifornj.com
Facebook: facebook.com/malinowskifornj
Twitter: @malinowski

Track Record

Has not held elective office, but has worked in government: the National Security Council (Clinton Administration) and Assistant Secretary of State (Obama Administration)

Public Statements

Campaign Website

“We know that it’s possible to reduce gun violence and the lethality of mass shootings in America. The states in our country with the strongest gun safety laws, including New Jersey, have the fewest firearm deaths. Experience and common sense tell us that measures such as banning military-style assault rifles and high capacity magazines, universal background checks, limiting ammunition purchases, “red flag” laws that allow law enforcement agencies to seize guns from people who show signs of violence, and encouraging development of safer gun technology can save lives. None of these steps would violate the 2nd Amendment. After every senseless gun massacre, we’re reminded that the vast majority of Americans, including the majority of gun owners, support taking these kinds of actions.

So why is nothing done? Because the majority of Americans who support sensible gun safety policies have not mobilized to punish politicians who block them. And because the NRA gun lobby has gotten away with the lie that it is a mainstream organization representing gun owners in America. In fact, it is a radical group promoting crackpot conspiracy theories, which takes millions of dollars in dark money, including from Russia, to turn Americans against our government, our law enforcement institutions and each other.

It is time to build a broad alliance of concerned Americans to stop the slaughter of our children, uniting parents who fear for the lives of their kids, students who want to feel safe at school, military veterans who understand that civilians should not have weapons of war, police officers who don’t want to be outgunned by criminals, and law abiding citizens who own guns for hunting and self defense but support sensible gun safety protections. We can respect each other, respect the Constitution, including the 2nd Amendment, and still agree that the use and ownership of guns should be subject to as much regulation as drinking a beer or driving a car.

It is also time to make clear that the NRA does not speak for patriotic Americans of any party. What kind of organization incites FBI agents to resist their leadership for trying to enforce the law, as NRA head Wayne LaPierre did earlier this week? What kind of organization urges its armed members to start “coming for” journalists who criticize its work, as the NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch did last year? What kind of organization opposes denying guns to people on the terrorism watch list, as the NRA did when Congress tried to close this loophole in 2016? What kind of American organization pals around with Russians tied to organized crime and corruption, as the NRA has done for several years, while refusing to disclose who donates the millions it spends to influence our elections?

It is also well past time to ask: what kind of politician takes money from that kind of organization? There is room for respectful disagreement on gun safety policies. But any member of Congress – including Leonard Lance -- who takes money from the NRA is complicit in its extremist agenda and facilitation of unlawful foreign influence in our democracy. Those who refuse to return the NRA’s checks must be held accountable for it this November.

As a candidate for Congress, I will not take money from the gun lobby or any organization that refuses to disclose the source of its contributions. I will continue work I started as a State Department official to pass legislation that prohibits setting up anonymously owned shell companies in the United States, that can be used to make anonymous political contributions through organizations like the NRA. The alliance of dark money, foreign influence, and the gun lobby must be broken – to safeguard our children and our country.”

malinowskifornj.com/values-and-priorities/breaking-the-nra

Twitter (selected tweets)

March 24, 2018 (the day of the March for our Lives rallies)

 

March 22, 2018 

 

February 22, 2018

 

 

February 15, 2018

 


Note: This page has been compiled based on information publicly available at the time of posting and as been fact checked by our volunteer staff. Contact us if a candidate's position has changed/evolved or if you find any errors or omissions.

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  • published this page in Gun Safety 2018-05-21 15:36:41 -0400