I believe in our second amendment right to bear arms. I was trained to use guns and always understood their capabilities. Criminals are going to continue doing wicked things, which means they do not care about the laws and are going to have guns. If you ban firearms, the criminals will prey on the law-abiding citizens knowing they have no way of defending themselves. Some of the highest crime rates in our country come from areas with the strictest gun laws.
However, I do think we need a look at how to prevent mass murders from happening, whether it be with a gun, knife, car, or any other weapon. I believe if teachers have gone through proper training, they should be allowed to carry a weapon in a school to defend their students. One police officer on a large campus is not enough for a quick response.
We need to create a nationwide concealed carry permit. There should be a standard course that citizens can take that allows them to carry in any state in the union. We also need to remove suppressors, aka silencers, from the class 3 list.
I believe we are slowly destroying our planet. We need to continue to research relevant, long term solutions to prevent global warming. The creation of industry has provided incredible opportunities for the human race and helped spread resources to people all over the world. Nevertheless, we need to continue to create better, more eco-friendly ways to produce power, cars, agriculture, etc. The Green New Deal is unrealistic and absurd. The Paris agreement does not hold anyone accountable if they do not meet deadlines. However, the United States needs to be at the forefront of innovation as we always are and continue to strive to a healthier planet.
Along with protecting our environment, we need a real, long-term solution to our homeless population in California. We have no temporary Homeless shelters in Chula Vista to address / enforce homelessness. We need to enforce our existing laws regarding camping, panhandling, loitering, etc. We need to create a Chula Vista Homeless Task Force to address the issue before it becomes a crisis. It is not healthy or humane to have anyone sleeping on our sidewalks and the side of our highways. We need to create more of these shelters where homeless can go for shelter and food. In these locations, we must have mental health professionals available to help those that need it. We can also have a resource to find homeless local jobs and provide transportation to and from work. This will clean up our streets, which will make our cities safer and more sanitary. It will also eliminate the rodent problem that many of our cities face from food and waste left behind by the homeless.
Create a City-Wide initiative that brings together federal, state, local, and City law enforcement officials, prosecutors, and community leaders to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in a community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.
In an effort to reduce violent crime, I will create initiatives to stop violent crime, human trafficking and make communities safer!
One of my top priorities for California is to eliminate the income tax on military retirement pay and eliminate it nationwide. As a veteran that has served our country for 32 years and retires from our armed forces ends up taking home about one-third of his pay from active duty. When you add the income tax deduction to this salary, their retirement pay quickly becomes inadequate. This is a huge reason we have many of our greatest Americans leaving California after they retire.
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