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As a mother with children grown and out in the world—whether in college or just graduating—I worry about their safety. With recent events like the tragedies in Seattle and at Isla Vista, I find myself constantly worried that it could be my child, niece, or nephew who could be a victim of senseless gun violence.

We cannot afford to wait for another Fort Hood or Sandy Hook to enact sensible gun control legislation.

In Congress, I will fight for common sense solutions like universal background checks and making the sale of high-capacity ammunition clips illegal. I will work to improve our mental health care system and ensure that local law enforcement has the resources needed to prevent other tragedies from happening.

Will you stand with me and help protect our children by fighting to reduce gun violence?

Lavern