District 3 Congressional candidates on the issues: Preventing gun violence


Last week we sent five questions that we developed based on input from our readers to candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives in the Third Congressional District.

Incumbent Rep. Kevin Yoder’s campaign declined to participate in the questionnaire, sending us the following statement:

As a policy we do not respond to questionnaires like this.

Here’s item number four:

Since 1996, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not allocated any significant funding to the study of gun violence prevention. Do you believe funding should be allocated by the CDC to study gun violence?

Jay Sidie (Democrat)

Jay Sidie

This is a good example of how extreme this debate has become. I’m a strong supporter of the 2nd amendment, and will fight to ensure Kansans can exercise their gun rights. But why wouldn’t we study how to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists? Why wouldn’t we study how to reduce accidental gun deaths among small children? 

The overwhelming majority of Kansas support the 2nd amendment while also supporting us making sure guns don’t fall into the hands of terrorists hell bent on harming our families and communities. Let’s do both.

Libertarian candidate Steven Hohe has not acknowledged receipt of the questionnaire and did not send in a response to any of the questions so far.

Tomorrow we’ll run the candidates’ responses to item five, which deals with campaign contributions:

Under what circumstances would you refuse to accept a campaign contribution? Have you refused any contributions on principle this cycle?