Recently, we again saw Maryland Republicans and the NRA stand in the way of basic gun safety reforms. They have already fought to allow people on the terrorist watch list to buy firearms. Now they've opposed measures to keep guns off college campuses. Am I supposed to be OK with that as a college student? Why should I have to wonder if the guy sitting next to me in biology is packing under his sweater?
Senate candidate Rep. Chris Van Hollen has been one of the most vocal members of Congress on banning guns at universities and stopping sales to people on the terrorist watch list — something he's been fighting for a decade. He called out Gov. Larry Hogan to do everything he can to enforce this in Maryland, and submitted testimony in favor of legislation on the state level that would put both these ideas into action. When Mr. Van Hollen takes a stance on something, it's more than just noise — he actually acts on his words and passes legislation to keep Marylanders safe.
People on the terrorist watch list should not be able to buy guns, and firearms have no place on college campuses. I'd like to feel safe while I learn.
In terms of an advocate in the U.S. Senate for me and my safety, I couldn't ask for anyone better than Mr. Van Hollen.
Matt Teitelbaum, Towson