On May 8, I’ve decided to support Steve Woodsmall to be the Democratic nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, District 11. Three good men are running. But I’ve decided to vote for Steve because he knows a lot.
He knows that a complex problem like gun violence is not solved by solely allowing guns to be carried in our schools and concealed in our pocketbooks and waistbands. Rather, this Navy veteran and Second Amendment advocate proposes a multipronged, common-sense solution that includes:
• Adequately funding school resource officers and other security measures.
• Tighter background checks.
• Increasing the legal age to purchase a firearm.
• Creating a gun violence restraining order (“red flag law”) that allows judges to temporarily confiscate guns from those deemed a danger to themselves or others. If guns don’t kill people, people kill people, let’s at least remove guns from those prone to kill others.
• A ban on the civilian sale of semiautomatic weaponry.
He knows that a healthy society is an economically productive society and that we should provide affordable health care to all our citizens. Every other democracy does this. Why not us?
He knows that as important as jobs are, they’re only part of the income inequality solution. Wage stagnation must be addressed if our economy — and middle class — is to be healthy again.
I feel like Steve Woodsmall knows me, shares my values and vows to work to restore those values to North Carolina. That’s why I’m voting for him in the Democratic primary on May 8. Probably sooner, as early voting begins April 19. If you share these values, please consider joining me in supporting Steve Woodsmall for U.S. representative, District 11.
Isn’t it time we got our democracy back?
— Stephen Advokat