My heart breaks for the victims and their families impacted by the epidemic of mass shootings and the daily tragedy of gun violence in our country. I am sick to my stomach that this keeps happening, and is sure to keep happening until we put the lives of our children and families over the profits of the gun lobby. Here’s what I believe:

We must pass common-sense gun laws that prevent these senseless tragedies and stand up to the gun lobby.

Pass universal background checks and close the loopholes on gun show and online sales.

Keep guns out of the hands of those with a history of violence and domestic abuse by supporting “Red Flag” laws.

“No Fly, No Buy” — Closing the terror loophole that allows individuals on the terrorist watch list to easily pass a background check and purchase guns.

Overturning Citizens United and pass campaign finance reformso that special interest groups no longer have the power to hold our country hostage to protect their profits. It’s Congressmen like Van Taylor who put the interests of the gun lobby over North Texas that allow this violence to continue.

Treating gun violence and mass shootings like the public health crises that they are through truly universal background checks, closing the gun show and online loopholes, and prohibiting domestic abusers from possessing firearms.