Gun violence is increasing. While I support the 2nd amendment, I support protecting our children more.  That is why I believe we must ban assault weapons and bump stocks, expand background checks and provide ATF with the 21st century equipment necessary to enforce our laws.  We should raise the minimum age for owning a firearm to 21 and require proof of formal training prior to issuing a license.  No one convicted of domestic violence or a hate crime should have access to gun.  A first step is finally closing the gun show loop hole. We need to overturn the Dickey amendment and allow the federal government to, once again, conduct research on gun violence.  Access to mental health services would do a lot to mitigate many of these tragedies.  We must start putting our children first.