LITTLE ROCK - A growing number of political candidates across the nation have publicly pledged to shun donations or any other form of support from the NRA. Some are incumbents. Others are first-time candidates.
Of all of those running for office in Arkansas, however, only congressional candidate Gwen Combs has formally submitted a pledge to NoNRAmoney.org, a national campaign created in response to the Parkland school shooting in Florida.
The group’s stated mission is this: “To break the stranglehold the NRA has on politicians that has shut down rational gun policy for decades.”
To see which candidates have made pledges to NoNRAmoney.org, click here.
Combs, a teacher in the Little Rock School District has publicly shared a plan of action. Her “steps” continue to garner support on social media.
In a blog post written shortly after the shooting, Combs explained: “I left the U.S. Air Force to become a mom. I became a teacher because I knew I would be able to serve my country in a way that was far less dangerous than remaining in the military - or so I thought. And then Columbine happened, creating in me a deep cognitive dissonance. Teaching wasn’t supposed to equate to serving in a potential war zone.”
She continued, “As a congressional candidate, here is what I promise you:
- I will not accept money from the NRA, unlike my opponent, U.S. Representative French Hill, who has taken more money from that organization than any other House Representative - $1,089,477, to be exact.
- I will work to end the default-proceed gun sale loophole. All background checks should be completed - and passed - before someone is allowed to possess a gun.
- I also will work to close the gun show loophole where sales by private-party sellers to individuals are concerned.
- I will work to close the “boyfriend loophole,” which allows an unmarried man to continue to own a firearm even if a woman has successfully sought and obtained a restraining order.
- Lastly, I support Senator Diane Feinstein’s Assault Weapon Ban of 2017, which would ban military-style assault weapons, as well as magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Click here to read the proposed legislation.
To read her blog post in full, click here.