State of South Carolina secondary Archives: on Gun Control


Jaime Harrison: Endorsed by Everytown for Gun Safety for gun-sense majority

Everytown for Gun Safety threw its support behind 11 Democratic Senate candidates including Jaime Harrison in South Carolina.

"Everytown is going all-in to flip the Senate and elect leaders who will treat America's gun violence epidemic like the crisis it is," the Everytown President said. The group has targeted a number of key races in the House and Senate, emphasizing the need to protect what it calls a "gun sense majority," which is mostly comprised of Democratic candidates.ˇ

Source: The Hill e-zine on 2020 South Carolina Senate endorsements Jun 9, 2020

Elizabeth Warren: Treat gun violence as the public health emergency it is

We have to think of it the way we thought about auto violence decades ago. The point is, we tried; we studied; we collected data; and then we tried some more. Things that didn't work, we abandoned, and things that did, we doubled down on. That's what I want to see us do on guns. I want to see us do the things that are obvious, the background checks, get assault weapons off our streets. But I want us to treat this as the public health emergency that it is.
Source: CNN Town Hall on eve of 2020 South Carolina primary Feb 26, 2020

Kevin Bryant: Wants schools to have ability to shoot back in defense

The one thing in common among the school shootings that have horrified America was not the type of weapon or type of school, is that no one was shooting back. I filed 2 bills last year to address school safety in a straightforward and common sense manner. One bill codifies flexibility for already existing state school funds in order to allow schools to use those funds for school safety. My other bill removes the current mandate that allows only active law enforcement to enter with a weapon.
Source: South Strand News OpEd: 2018 South Carolina Governor race Feb 13, 2018

Thomas Dixon: Close the gun show loophole and the Charleston Loophole

Source: 2016 South Carolina Senate campaign website DixonForSC.com Aug 8, 2016

Tim Scott: Opposes more gun restrictions

Question topic: More restrictive gun control laws are needed now to protect public safety.

Scott: Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 South Carolina Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Lee Bright: Opposes more gun restrictions

Question topic: More restrictive gun control laws are needed now to protect public safety.

Bright: Strongly Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 South Carolina Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Joyce Dickerson: Right to guns, but address issues of gun violence

Both Joyce Dickerson and Harry Pavilack said they favor the right to have guns, both that there are issues associated with gun violence that need to be addressed. Pavilack cited the power of the gun industry, while Dickerson focused her attention on avoiding future violence by adequately treating the mentally ill.

"I have a gun. I don't know how to shoot it, but I have one," Pavilack said.

"I believe South Carolina is ready for a woman like me," Dickerson said. "I have paid my dues."

Source: Augusta Chronicle on 2014 South Carolina Senate race May 29, 2014

Tim Scott: Don't rush to judgment on gun control after school shootings

Q: [In the wake of the recent school shootings], let me ask you about the whole business with the National Rifle Association. Their idea seems basically to be just add armed security to all of our nations' schools. Do you think that's feasible?

SCOTT: To rush to judgment, I think, is a bit premature on what we should do. We should take a very serious look at whatever it takes to keep our kids safe at school. We don't know what that is yet.

Q: But would you be in favor of changing some laws, like, for example, banning these assault weapons?

SCOTT: I would love to see what comes out of the committee [which Obama has just appointed], with Vice President Biden putting together a holistic approach, looking at the opportunities to seriously address all the issues of mental illness to other issues, understanding what happened and why. After we have those answers, we'll be in a much better position to decide the path forward.

Source: CBS "Face the Nation" on 2014 South Carolina Senate race Dec 23, 2012

Richard Burr: Hunter and sportsman; teach heritage & respect for firearms

Ever since I was a young man, I have been a hunter and a sportsman. I believe in teaching the next generation of Americans proper respect for firearms and about the heritage and freedom that our forefathers gave us with the Second Amendment.

I am also one of the leading supporters of Second Amendment rights in the House of Representatives. Like my friends at the National Rifle Association, I believe that gun-banning is wrong and I have always fought to protect the rights of gun owners. That is why I have consistently received "A" ratings from the National Rifle Association while serving in Congress.

When guns get into the hands of criminals, I also believe in punishing them to the full extent of what the law will allow. I have consistently voted to strengthen the ability of law enforcement to deal with criminals and those who bring firearms onto school property.

Source: Vote-USA.org on 2010 South Carolina Senate incumbents Nov 24, 2010

Mitt Romney: Supports Second Amendment rights but also assault weapon ban

Q: As governor you signed into law one of the toughest restrictions on assault weapons in the country.

A: Letís get the record straight. First of all, thereís no question that I support 2nd Amendment rights, but I also support an assault weapon ban. Look, Iíve been governor in a pretty tough state. Youíve heard of blue states. In the toughest of blue states, I made the toughest decisions and did what was right for America. I have conservative values.

Source: 2007 Republican Debate in South Carolina May 15, 2007

Bill Richardson: The 2nd Amendment is precious

Q: You are currently the NRAís favorite presidential candidate declared in either party, based on their rating system. Did anything about the massacre at Virginia Tech make you rethink any part of your position on guns?

A: The first point Iíd want to make is my sincerest condolences to the families of those loved ones that perished. It was an unspeakable tragedy. Youíre right; Iím a Westerner. The 2nd Amendment is precious in the West. But I want to just state for the record, a vast majority of gun owners are law-abiding. This is an issue that deals with two fundamental problems in our system. The first is mental illness. We should ensure that all federal and state initiatives deal with making sure those with mental illnesses cannot get a gun. We should find ways to ensure that our schools get the help that they need to detect these mentally ill patients. Secondly, Iím for instant background checks. We have to make sure states are properly funded to be able to detect those problems.

Source: 2007 South Carolina Democratic primary debate, on MSNBC Apr 26, 2007

Hillary Clinton: Background check system could prevent Virginia Tech massacre

Q: Did any role that federal government plays fail those students at Virginia Tech?

A: Yes. You know, I remember very well when I accompanied Bill to Columbine after that massacre and met with the family members of those who had been killed and talked with the students, and feeling that we had to do more to try to keep guns out of the hands of the criminal and of the mentally unstable. And during the Clinton administration, that was a goal--not to, in any way, violate peopleís Second Amendment rights, but to try to limit access to people who should not have guns. Unfortunately, we saw the tragedy unfold at Virginia Tech. We now know that the background check system didnít work, because certainly this shooter, as heís called, had been involuntarily committed as a threat to himself and others. And, yet, he could walk in and buy a gun.

Source: 2007 South Carolina Democratic primary debate, on MSNBC Apr 26, 2007

Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: VA Tech shooter not declared a danger to others

Hillary Clinton slipped up in her description of the Virginia Tech killings, overstating what a Virginia court had found about the shooterís mental state in 2005. Clinton said the shooter ďhad been involuntarily committed as a threat to himself & others. And, yet, he could walk in and buy a gun.Ē

Thatís only half true. Itís correct that Seung-hui Cho had a court-documented history of mental illness that should have precluded his purchase of a firearm. And he was indeed found to present ďan imminent danger to himself as a result of mental illnessď in a ruling dated December 14, 2005. But the Judge did not check a box that would have declared Cho Ēan imminent danger to others.ď Moreover, the judge declined to involuntarily commit Cho and sent him to outpatient counseling. Clintonís confusion on this might stem from bad reporting by some news outlets that said Cho was found to be a danger to himself and others.

Source: FactCheck on 2007 South Carolina Democratic debate Apr 26, 2007

Joe Biden: Keep assault weapons ban; close gun show loophole

Q: How many of you, in your adult lifetime, have had a gun in the house?

[Show of hands]: Senator Gravel, Senator Biden, Senator Dodd, Governor Richardson, Congressman Kucinich.

Q: Sen. Biden, what could the federal government have done to save those kids at Virginia Tech?

A: What they could have done is three things.

  1. In the so-called Biden crime bill, we put 100,000 cops on the street. Iíve worked with law enforcement for the past 30 years, with armor-piercing bullets, waiting periods, etc. But the one thing thatís clear: We should not have let the assault weapons ban lapse.
  2. We should close this so-called gun show loophole, so you canít go into a gun show and buy a gun that you couldnít buy walking into a gun shop.
  3. We have let the country down in the way in which we have not focused on mental illness. We should know that your kid is safe at college. If teachers determine that a child is a danger, the school should be able to take them off the campus.
Source: 2007 South Carolina Democratic primary debate, on MSNBC Apr 26, 2007

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Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
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Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
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CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
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Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
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Howard Schultz(I-WA)
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