Santa Monica, CA (PRWEB) July 31, 2014
Amar Kaleka's bid for congress took a big step forward today as he was joined by fellow mass shooting survivors from around the nation including Richard Martinez, Debra Fine, Patricia Maisch and others. The plan was announced as 3 main points that included universal background checks, tougher laws on gun trafficking, and private insurance to cover accidental
discharge and injury.
"It has been almost two years since my father, Satwant Singh Kaleka was gunned down alongside six other innocent brothers and sisters," said Armadeep. "Since that time, exactly zero meaningful laws have been passed to improve domestic safety and violence. We currently have a congress that is on a path to be the most unproductive ever, at a time when we need them to rise to the challenges of our day. Voters around the nation have the power to change this in their Primaries and in November."
Amar summarized each of these points at the press conference today:
1. Universal background checks on every gun sold or transacted. Personal sales are at the core of illegally obtained firearms. Whether sold at a gun show, online, or in another state an effective background check must be done.
2. Give law enforcement what they have been asking for in order to stop gun violence: the legislation and authority to limit gun trafficking. When someone lies on a federal form, this is a felony. Over one million of these felonies have been identified during gun transactions, and yet only a few dozen have been pursued and prosecuted . We are tougher on a 16-year-old pot smoker than a gun salesman who is a repeat offender of these bad sales.
3. Mandatory accidental discharge insurance on all gun sales and ammo. When there is an accidental discharge and someone is harmed or victimized by an irresponsible gun owner, the burden of fiscal responsibility is left in limbo. Private insurance carriers have the ability to determine the gun buyer’s biography, health, and criminal record. Insurance companies and the market would decide reasonable premiums based on the type of gun purchased, carrying in public, or what type of training or the expertise of the gun owner. The Federal government does not have this ability.
The announcement took place near Santa Monica College, the site of a mass shooting on June 7, 2013. Fellow attendee, Debra Fine was wounded during the shooting which claimed six lives and wounded 3 others. Kaleka was also joined by Richard Martinez, whose son Christopher Michaels-Martinez was murdered in a rampage in Isla Vista near Santa Barbara that claimed seven lives.
About Amardeep Kaleka On August 5, 2012, Amar's father was murdered alongside five others by a Neo Nazi at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek. Amar took to the worst type of community organizing—the aftermath of a mass shooting. Amar became the national spokesperson on the ground of this movement. His diligent work and leadership, along with the strength of the Sikh and Oak Creek communities, not only led to healing, but also helped unify an area that had been struggling with race relations and economic disparity for decades. Working nationally as a community activist alongside the major Sikh and East Asian groups, Amar helped gather a subcommittee hearing on hate-crimes headed by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL). They won a major battle later that year when Sikhs were counted, for the first time, as a statistic for hate crimes. Amar believes that the government has lost its grip on what is morally right and wrong. After experiencing first-hand economic disparity, cultural and racial divides, and the mismanagement of our federal government, he decided he needed to be the solution he would like to see in the world. On November 14, 2013, Kaleka filed his paperwork for candidacy as a Democrat against Republican Paul Ryan in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District.
More Information: http://www.votekaleka.org