My son, Jordan Davis, was shot and killed at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida in 2012 in a senseless act of gun violence. The bullet that killed my son also tore a hole in my heart. But while I grieve Jordan every day, his death also gave my life a new purpose: advocating for gun violence prevention.

Following this senseless tragedy, I spent five years as Faith and Outreach Leader at Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and as a leader in the Everytown for Gun Safety Survivor Network. I also addressed the 2016 Democratic National Convention as a Mother of the Movement; a group of seven women whose lives were permanently affected by the scourge of gun violence.

After the shooting in Parkland, Florida, I knew that I could no longer sit on the sidelines while the politicians in the pocket of the gun manufacturing lobby decide the future of our gun laws. While I support the 2nd Amendment rights of Georgians, we can still advocate for common sense gun violence prevention to make our communities safer.

As a Member of Congress, I will push for implementing background checks for all firearm purchases; raising the minimum age to purchase a gun to 21 years of age; working to defeat conceal carry reciprocity measures; and introducing legislation to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and other criminals.

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