Braley said he “strongly believes” in the Second Amendment to the Constitution, which reads, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
In his opinion, Braley believes there should be a reasonable interpretation between the right to bear arms and having a safe society. He believes there should be work done to reduce gun violence and that criminals should not be able to purchase weapons at a gun show without a background check. Iowa is among the states that do require these checks to purchase handguns.
Braley also blames the mental health system for failures that result in gun-related tragedies. He believes that until these variables are addressed, gun tragedies will continue.
When asked whether or not forcing gun owners to register their weapons violated Second Amendment rights, Braley said he does not believe it is an infringement on rights. If you look back in history, Braley said, pioneer towns in the Old West used to require people to check their weapons in with the sheriff upon arrival. In today’s world, Braley believes that tracking weapons and having a licensure procedure is similar to that of requiring drivers to demonstrate an understanding of vehicles and laws.
The National Rifle Association has given Braley an “F.” The NRA also endorsed Braley’s opponent in the 2012 election.
Regardless of the issue, Braley was posed with a “what if” question. What if the President and his party want him to vote one way, but his constituents in Iowa want him to vote another?
Braley said there is a “great misunderstanding” about being able to pull people together. He believes that when one is elected, the public expects one to study the issues and vote according to what he or she believes is best for the country. To gauge the public’s feelings on an issue, Braley said there are numerous avenues for people to get in touch with their Senators and Representatives. Accountability to the public, communicating with constituents and making informed decisions are things that Braley does not take lightly.
“I take that responsibility very seriously,” Braley said.
Braley’s campaign website is www.brucebraley.com.