Why I’m a Mom Demanding Action
My son Malcolm was just five months old when I first brought him to the Moms Demand Action Lobby Day in Sacramento last year. With Malcolm in a baby carrier, I joined the hundreds of other moms there that day as we asked Democratic and Republican state legislators to pass common sense reforms and evidence-based solutions to gun violence to make our communities safer.
I’m a career prosecutor and I’ve seen the result of gun violence in our community. Homicides, assaults, threats, and fear of gun violence take a grave toll on the victims of these traumas. This is personal to me, not just because I’m a mom and I want a safer San Francisco for my son, but also because I know what it’s like to have a family member robbed and assaulted at gunpoint. That happened to my father 20 years ago, but I still remember it like it was yesterday. To be part of this organization, leading the way on prevention, feels like the right thing to do.
San Francisco isn’t immune to gun violence just because we’re the most progressive big city in America. While mass shootings tend to get media attention, last year San Francisco had 104 gun-related incidents resulting in 24 homicides and 114 non-fatal shooting victims. In 2018 alone, the San Francisco Police Department seized 1,276 firearms. On March 23rd, there was a gun-related homicide in the Fillmore that killed one and injured five others.
And when it comes to our kids, last August a student brought a gun to Balboa High School and the gun was accidentally fired. The bullet didn’t hit anyone, but the mere fact that a child had access to a gun and brought it to school is not something we should tolerate.
This is why I am active with Moms Demand Action and I’m making gun violence prevention a priority in my campaign for District Attorney. We must continue to be proactive about reducing gun violence in San Francisco to keep making our community safer. I have a clear plan to address gun violence here in San Francisco that I will make into policy as your District Attorney:
- Prioritize the prosecution of cases involving guns.
- Work with the police to investigate and prosecute violations of gun safety laws, including illegal possession of firearms.
- Use the court process to ensure domestic abusers, stalkers, and other violent individuals are disarmed after a court order or conviction.
- Promote and use Gun Violence Restraining Orders against individuals exhibiting warning signs of violence or harm to self or others.
- Support new and stronger legislation to fix lax gun safety laws and loopholes.
- Conduct and support regularly occurring gun buybacks.
I decided to run for District Attorney in San Francisco in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential campaign knowing that gun violence is one of the most important issues facing our nation — this is the real national emergency. Just look at recent incidents at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, the Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, and at a bar in Thousand Oaks. But I know that even if the White House is occupied by a man unfit to be president, we can still take local and immediate action.
On March 18th, Malcolm and I continued our tradition of attending Moms Demand Action Lobby Day in Sacramento and spoke with legislators about changes to state laws that can get guns out of the hands of dangerous people. He is now a toddler, and as you’ll see in some of the photos on Facebook, he’s already a gun sense activist and future gun sense voter.
I’m a mom, a career prosecutor, and candidate for District Attorney, and I will continue to prioritize the public’s safety, and that includes keeping our children, friends, and neighbors safe from gun violence. Read more about my platform and plan for gun violence prevention and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.