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(D) Aaron Lieberman - A

Gun Violence cost AZ 1.9 Billion per year. What will you do to address this?

Background checks for gun shows seems like a common sense next step on this important issue.

What have you done to prevent Gun Violence?

I spoke at the Moms Demand Action meeting last month (and my wife has been a supporter of that group).

More info: www.aaron4az.com

(R) Kate Brophy McGee - F

no survey response

(D) Christine Marsh - A

Gun Violence cost AZ 1.9 Billion per year. What will you do to address this?

As a teacher, I see how frightened students are about gun violence in general and school shootings in particular, so I am highly motivated to start solving the issue of gun violence. It breaks my heart that my high school students are afraid.

There are certainly many measures that legislators can take to help reduce level of gun violence in this state. The legislature could enact sensible gun safety laws, like the amendment the Democratic House members tried to run in the 2018 legislative session--which would have banned bump stocks and created universal background checks, but that amendment didn't make it very far. Those measures would at least be a step in the right direction, and I would actively support an amendment or bill that moved the needle on gun safety or that did even more than "move the needle."

A lot will depend on the balance of power at the Capitol in 2019 and beyond. Right now, there's not a lot of political will to create sensible gun safety laws, but I hope to change that.

What have you done to prevent Gun Violence?

As a teacher, I've tried to raise awareness in a non-partisan way by allowing discussions of school shootings to unfold and to address potential solutions. After the shooting in Florida, I asked the students to write about solutions (beyond gun control, in order to keep everything as politically neutral as possible) and was surprised by the breadth and depth of their answers.

I sponsored a new group on my campus called SASS (Students Advocating for School Safety). It was student-driven, not teacher-driven, but I did everything I could to pave the way for them, including helping them get the administration on board with a 17 minute walkout.

I have also been to events in support of students: the March for Our Lives march, the "die in" at the Capitol, and the candlelight vigil at the Capitol. I was not active in any of those events, but I made a point to attend all of them so that students would see adults supporting them and being there for moral support.

In addition, I have attended some of the Moms Demand Action events.

More info: http://www.christineportermarsh.com/

(R) Kenneth Bowers - F

no survey response 

(D) Kelli Butler - A

Gun Violence cost AZ 1.9 Billion per year. What will you do to address this?

We need a range of solutions to address this public health crisis, including background checks and reasonable restrictions on gun ownership for people with dangerous histories. More access to mental health services and counselors in schools can help address underlying problems before they escalate.

What have you done to prevent Gun Violence?

I've been a very vocal advocate of March For Our Lives and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense. I've attended and promoted multiple events and protests. As a Representative, I've made many public statements in support of reasonable gun safety measures and voted to allow the House to debate a ban on [bump-stocks]. I've fought against measures to weaken restrictions on lethal weapons.

More info: www.KelliButlerAZ.com

(R) Maria Syms - F

no survey response

(R) Katy Pappas Petsas - A

Gun Violence cost AZ 1.9 Billion per year. What will you do to address this?

Increase awareness of assistance programs and identify those who have the greatest need of mental health assistance. We need to reduce the stigma and distancing people have of mental health issues. Years ago I served on a committee for an event featuring Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher, it was difficult after that year to maintain a fundraising organization, as other diseases benefit from, because of the [social] stigma associated with mental health disease.

What have you done to prevent Gun Violence?

I have always been an advocate for the most reliable, safety conscious and responsible people to be those who, if they choose to, have access to firearms. Extended waiting periods, background checks etc should not be a threat to those who support the second amendment, as I do . My extended family are active gamesmen and hunters, from them I have learned that safety and precaution is key.

More info: WWW.KATHYPETSASAZ.COM