House candidates talk about the Second Amendment

The 12th Congressional seat pits Democrat Mark Friedenberg against Republican Fred Keller.

That district encompasses all or parts of Lycoming, Bradford, Centre, Clinton, Juniata, Mifflin, Northumberland, Perry, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, and Wyoming counties.

Q: Do you think the Second Amendment should be repealed? If not, do you think there should be any new gun restrictions to deal with what many feel has been an epidemic of mass shootings?

FRIEDENBERG:

I certainly do not think the Second Amendment should be repealed. I respect the amendment and the important role it plays for so many in the state and the nation. I think there are plenty of safety measures we can take. I think universal background checks are a common sense measure. Almost every gun owner I’ve talked to on the campaign trail supports that. We have a problem with mass shootings for sure. The majority of gun deaths are suicides. There are a lot of reasons for that. Extreme Risk Protection Orders allow, with judicial oversight, for people to protect themselves and others by restricting that person’s access to firearms. About 80 percent of people considering suicide will show signs of their intention. We need to be on the lookout for suicides which are the leading cause of gun deaths.

KELLER:

The Constitution matters and so does the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights is a foundation of our republic. The Second Amendment ensures every other right we have.

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