Democrat Anuja Rajendra: No More Concealed Weapons in Michigan

ANN ARBOR, MI — Democratic State Senate candidate Anuja Rajendra announced today that her first bill in the Legislature will ban most concealed weapons in Michigan. The mom of four said it’s time to put kids and safety first after the tragic school shooting killing 17 in Parkland, Florida.

Rajendra will hold a town hall on solutions to gun violence in early May in Ann Arbor. Rajendra will attend the March for Our Lives event at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24 at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor.

She is a member of Washtenaw County's Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which is organizing the protest. Rajendra is one of less than a dozen candidates in Michigan to sign the #NoNRAMoney pledge renouncing any funding from the extremist organization.

As the owner of BollyFit, a small business focused on health and wellness in Ann Arbor, Rajendra said Michigan must be a leader in protecting kids, improving mental healthcare, and stopping gun violence. She said Michigan needs to enact strict New York- and California-style restrictions on concealed weapons unless individuals can provide a compelling reason to carry hidden, loaded guns in public. Rajendra said the evidence is clear that concealed carry laws don’t increase safety and actually can increase violence.

“I have two sons and adopted two daughters who were abandoned and left homeless in India. I didn’t bring them here, where my own family sought the opportunity that only America can provide, just to have their lives shattered by gun violence. No child deserves that. No parent deserves to live in fear. And yet, every day, 46 children are shot and seven children die. We do not have to live like this. No other country does. That’s why my top priority is banning concealed weapons in Michigan. It’s time for progressives to stop playing defense on gun issues and stand up for our values,” said Anuja Rajendr, Democratic candidate for the 18th State Senate District.

Rajendra called the NRA’s “Guns Everywhere” bill that passed the Michigan Senate last year a “complete non-starter.” That legislation is a massive, ill-conceived expansion of the concealed carry law that would allow guns in schools, churches and religious centers, bars, sports stadiums, college dorms, and daycares. She also strongly opposes the NRA’s radical concealed carry reciprocity bill in Congress, which will allow convicted felons and violent individuals to carry guns anywhere in the U.S. with no permit or training required.

“Politicians doing the NRA’s bidding in Lansing don’t understand how deeply frightening it is for children to see people with guns strapped on them while they’re shopping at Meijer or walking down the street,” Rajendra said. “The Michigan Senate’s response to terrifying mass shootings is to make it easier for disturbed individuals to get deadly weapons. They are completely out-of-touch with the people they represent, especially the vast majority of gun owners who want sensible measures. As a concerned parent who’s spent decades working in health and wellness, I’m not afraid to take on the NRA and other special interests running wild in Lansing. I am the only candidate in the 18th District fighting for real change to keep our kids safe from gun violence and improve mental healthcare.”

Rajendra is committed to a peaceful world for our children and a comprehensive agenda to fight gun violence, including: Universal background checks, closing the gun show loophole, raising the age for gun licenses to 21, banning bump stocks, ban on assault weapons, holding gun owners responsible for violence committed if their weapons aren’t properly secured, red-flag legislation for violent individuals, mandatory waiting periods, and investing more in mental health.

Recent polling showed 97% of American voters support background checks on all gun buyers and 83% support mandatory waiting periods. More voters now have a negative view the powerful NRA than view it positively.

Rajendra has been nationally recognized for her humanistic approach to health and wellness focused on women, children, and underserved populations. She was appointed to the Governor’s statewide council on physical fitness and the State of Play task force formed by the Ralph C. WIlson Foundation and and Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan on the health and nutrition of Michigan’s youth and underserved populations. In 2015, Rajendra received a Congressional Award and was inducted into the Michigan Indian Women’s Hall of Fame for her contributions to health and wellness in Michigan. She holds a B.S. in engineering and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

The 18th State Senate District is open in 2018 due to Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) being term-limited. The district represents most of Washtenaw County.

This proposal is from Anuja Rajendra’s State Senate campaign and is not affiliated with Moms Demand Action or any other organization.

To get involved with Rajendra’s campaign and stand up against gun violence, sign up at www.anujaforsenate.com/get-involved/.

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