Please take a moment to consider and answer the following few questions we have for you:
1. What would you do if you are elected to protect the equal rights of gay Utah citizens?
I see all Utah citizens as individuals. Rights are an individual concern. I would strive to use my influence and opportunity protect the rights of any individual Utah citizen just as I would my own. To quote our state constitution:
Article I, Section 1. [Inherent and inalienable rights.]
All men have the inherent and inalienable right to enjoy and defend their lives and liberties; to acquire, possess and protect property; to worship according to the dictates of their consciences; to assemble peaceably, protest against wrongs, and petition for redress of grievances; to communicate freely their thoughts and opinions, being responsible for the abuse of that right.
Article I, Section 27. [Fundamental rights.]
Frequent recurrence to fundamental principles is essential to the security of individual rights and the perpetuity of free government.
2. What would you do if you are elected to protect the firearm rights of Utah citizens?
Utah citizens have the right to protect themselves. They also have the right to pursue their own happiness so long as their actions do not deprive other citizens of their rights. These rights are not created by government, and they are to be protected and preserved by the government. Thankfully, we have a strong legal tradition in Utah regarding the right to self-preservation, and recent United States Supreme Court decisions have finally recognized that the “right to bare” arms is an “individual” right, not simply a right of the States.
Therefore, keeping access to fire arms and their use as an open, transparent function of the law, is my position. If there are specific threats to this right, that I am presently unaware of, you can rest assured I will come down on the side of the rights of individual citizens to bare arms.
3. What have you done so far to protect these rights?
I have done the first thing, that all free citizens should do, in seeking to preserve this right, which is to get educated on the use of firearms [see images below]. The second thing is to exercise the right by owning and using fire arms. I also support the foundation of Utah’s relatively new and open concealed weapons laws.