I believe that citizens have the right to keep and bear arms. I believe that the government should not intrude in a right so clearly guaranteed by our forefathers in the Constitution and I will fight to uphold every attempt to diminish this right.
I support the use of the death penalty in the extreme and horrific cases where it is justified.
An Administration official said this spring of 2012 that the “War on Terror” is over. This is a frightening glimpse at the lack of understanding this Administration has of the world in which we live. The terrorists still exist and seek to end our way of life. We find ourselves the target of terrorist groups throughout the world. We must fully fund our nation's military and ensure the men and women in uniform have the tools, training, and care they need and deserve. Decisions should include guidance from the expertise of the Generals on the ground who see every day what is needed and what threats face us. Cuts to the military as established by the default spending debacle in the fall of 2011 create a danger for our troops serving and potentially for we in the Homeland.
Killing Americans on US soil is no different than killing Americans in the field of battle. These enemy combatants are not entitled to the protection of the United States Constitution. They should be held by the military and tried in military tribunals. Further, enemy combatants should be housed at military prisons on secure military installations and not in the public correctional facilities of our country.
Ronald Reagan signed comprehensive immigration reform in 1986. Almost 3 million illegal immigrants were given a path to citizenship. The legislation failed and now more than 25 years later, we find ourselves with four times as many illegals immigrants in the country. The 1986 reform failed because we failed to secure our border and we failed to enforce the laws prohibiting the hiring of undocumented workers.
Before we make any attempt at additional reform we must enforce existing laws:
- Secure our borders
- Remove the magnets for illegal immigration: Impose strict penalties on any employers who hire undocumented workers; eliminate government entitlements and benefits for illegal immigrants.