Policy

Brief

There are approximately 300 million firearms in the United States.  While it is impossible to curb all gun violence, there are many things we can do to make Americans safer, particularly in schools, places of worship and public venues.  

Just as we require people to pass a test to drive a car, we should require people to pass a test to own a gun.  Responsible gun owners should enjoy the right to bear arms, subject to licensing and education requirements.  Those who are flagged as dangerously mentally ill, have been convicted of violent crimes, or have a history of spousal abuse should not be able to own weapons.  

We should raise the bar and restrict the ownership of military-style, semi-automatic weapons that can incur mass casualties.  

We should align gun manufacturers’ incentives to the public’s by fining manufacturers $1 million per person killed in any public setting.  This way, gun manufacturers would be motivated to both make guns safer and keep them out of the wrong hands.

We should raise the legal age of gun ownership to 21.

We should offer to buy back guns – no questions asked – and offer to upgrade guns to signature guns that can only be fired by the owner.

We should initiate an ammunition registry to track suspicious purchases.

We should establish a Shooter Help Line for people to be able to call in if they believe someone is a potential danger.  In many cases, this will mean getting mental health treatment resources to people.

We should invest in our mental health infrastructure.  There is a massive need to destigmatize mental health issues and increase resources.

We should initiate and fund mindfulness programs in schools and correctional facilities.  They have been demonstrated to increase resilience and reduce violence.

 

Most Americans agree on common-sense restrictions for criminals and the mentally ill to access guns. As President, I will support sensible regulation of guns, including making it harder to own military-style firearms.  I will also support innovation in firearms, including handprint signature guns that can only be used by the owner.  I will fine gun manufacturers when their weapons are used in a mass shooting so that their interests are aligned with the public’s.  I will invest massive resources in mental health treatment.  I will establish a suspected shooter help line so we can identify people who present a danger to the public.  We have to get this right for the sake of our children.  Millions of Americans now fear for their safety when they go to school or church or public venue – that’s something we must fight to change.   
— Andrew

 

Problems to be Solved

  • Most Americans agree that responsible gun-ownership with some restrictions is the proper policy
  • Current gun laws have been pushed in a dangerous direction by lobbying groups only looking out for the profits of gun manufacturers
  • Technological innovation has been overlooked as a way to curb misuse of guns
Goals
  • Increase the education requirements for gun ownership
  • Prevent dangerous individuals from owning guns
  • Restrict the sale/ownership of military-grade, semi-automatic weapons
  • Encourage innovation in firearm personalization and safety
  • Enable the public to identify people who could become dangerous
  • Enhance mental health resources available to people who need help
Guiding Principles
  • Safety
  • Education
  • Balance of Public Needs with Private Rights

As President, I will…

  • Propose education requirements for gun ownership – analogous to a driver’s license.
  • Propose a restriction on the sale/purchase of semi-automatic military-style weapons to the public.
  • Propose a restriction on the sale of guns to those with:
    • A history of violent crime
    • A history of domestic abuse
    • A mental illness diagnosis where a professional has determined the pose a risk to themselves or others.
  • Propose a general restriction on ownership of firearms by those under 21 years of age.  
  • Support innovation to make firearms more personalized to their owners.
  • Propose a public buyback program of firearms.
  • Propose a fine of gun manufacturers of $1 million per person killed in any public venue in order to align the incentives of manufacturers with the public.
  • Initiate an ammunition registry to track suspicious purchases.
  • Establish a Shooter Help Line for people to identify people who could be a potential danger for treatment.
  • Invest in a more robust mental health infrastructure to identify and treat people who pose a danger to themselves or others.
  • Initiate and fund mindfulness programs in schools and correctional facilities that have been demonstrated to reduce violent behavior.