While working as a prosecutor, Russet saw too many of our citizens die as a result of senseless gun violence. Whether through criminal action, suicide, or firearms accidents, too many Virginians die each year as a result of firearms.
Russet was born in southwest Missouri and raised in Texas, and she understands and supports the Second Amendment. She understands that the majority of gun owners are responsible and grasp the significant responsibility that comes with gun ownership.
Russet believes that commonsense laws to prevent gun violence are necessary to help curb the scourge of gun violence facing our Commonwealth. We need to move towards a world where no Virginian is at risk of firearm violence. This includes safer schools and preventing violence against children.
This should not be a partisan issue; this is an issue of public safety and should be embraced by all members of our society. Over the last several years, Virginia has made great progress in closing the gun-show loophole, and establishing universal background checks for all firearm purchases. Such measures reduce the number of suicides by gun, protect our law enforcement officers, and help protect intimate partners from domestic violence involving a firearm. In the Senate, Russet will continue the push for commonsense reforms, such as limits on magazine capacity and an assault weapons ban.