Fort Wayne college Democrats, Republicans to send bipartisan message to elected officials on preventing gun violence
Members of Democratic and Republican college student political organizations in Fort Wayne will send a bipartisan statement to elected state and federal representatives voicing support for gun safety legislation the students believe can save lives.
The Fort Wayne College Democrats and the College Republicans of Fort Wayne met on Tuesday to finalize the wording of the statement, a news release said.
They planned to send it to Indiana’s state legislators and U.S. representatives and senators.
The statement will include voicing support for legislation that will:
Require the use of a background check on all gun purchases, thereby closing the “gun show loophole.” The loophole refers to sales of guns by unlicensed or private sellers, which don’t have to make the buyer go through a background check.
Require states to input data into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System
Permit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to study gun violence
Ban the manufacture, sale or possession of bump stocks, which can be used to allow a semiautomatic weapon to fire like an automatic weapon.
“The Fort Wayne College Democrats are pleased to work across the aisle with our Republican colleagues to send this statement to our state and federal elected officials,” Brandon Blumenherst, president of the Fort Wayne College Democrats, said in the news release. “Our main goal in doing this is to encourage our legislators to create legislation with our four points listed above so we can help prevent some of these shootings and save lives.
“We want to maintain an active dialogue with the College Republicans of Fort Wayne and continue to work with them to show our elected officials that we must work across the aisle to create solutions to complex problems such as gun violence,” Blumenherst said.
“The College Republicans of Fort Wayne are proud to open a discussion with the Fort Wayne College Democrats on the issue of gun violence,” Lewis Ostermeyer, president of the College Republicans of Fort Wayne, said in the news release. “While we may not agree on many specifics, the goals of saving lives and protecting Constitutional rights are something we can all agree on.
“The College Republicans of Fort Wayne hope to contribute to making IPFW a bipartisan environment with dialogue amongst all students,” Ostermeyer said. “We hope that both of these organizations will be a place for students to become better informed individuals.”