A northeast Johnson County legislator was in the room as the nation turned its attention to President Obama’s White House remarks on his gun-violence prevention actions Tuesday.
District 21 Rep. Barbara Bollier, a member of American State Legislators for Gun Violence Prevention, was invited to the announcement event along with the group’s founder, State Assemblyman Brian Kavanaugh of New York, and Connecticut State Sen. Beth Bye, another member.
Bollier said the experience of attending the event was emotional and bolstered her support of gun violence prevention measures in Kansas.
“Being in that room…, surrounded by both victims and parents of the many children who were victims of shootings, I was sad to be from a state that continues to eliminate safeguards against gun-violence,” Bollier said. “The President is not taking away guns. He is shutting down the loophole that has existed for far-too-long that allows gun purchases without background checks. We have a no-fly list to protect our citizens, yet those same people can buy weapons. What nonsense is that?”
As a retired physician, Bollier has worked to recast the gun violence debate as a public health issue during her time in office. In January 2015, Bollier and Missouri State Rep. Stacey Newman announced legislation that would have given law enforcement officials the power to temporarily remove firearms from individuals who pose a threat to others. Bollier said that this session she intends to focus on removing the new requirement that all state colleges and universities must allow open carry on their campuses starting in 2017.