Lt. Commander Jay Chen, candidate for Congress in California’s 39th Congressional District, released the following statement condemning Rep. Young Kim for voting against bipartisan background check bills, prioritizing the NRA over the vast majority of Americans, and endangering her constituents:
“I’m sickened by the mass shooting rampage that took place recently in Atlanta. Eight people were killed — six of whom were Asian-American women. We can’t let another day go by without taking action on the twin epidemics of hate and gun violence,” said Lt. Commander Jay Chen. “Just days ago Young Kim voted NO on two common-sense bipartisan bills to close loopholes for background checks prior to gun sales. As an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy, I know how dangerous firearms can be if acquired by bad actors. Other Republicans in Congress and 83% of gun-owners agree, but Young Kim continues to side with extremists.”
Young Kim, who received an “A” rating from the NRA, has established a long history of siding with the gun lobby over the safety of children and families. Her legislative record includes:
- Voting against prohibiting concealed weapons on school grounds.
- Voting against prohibiting the possession of large-capacity magazines.
- Voting against expanding the list of individuals who could petition for a gun violence restraining order.
- Voting against background check requirements for firearm transfers between private parties.