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Senate-hopeful Buckner talks gun violence, mental health

DC Machine Product Specialist, Quality Engineer and Sales Manager Mark Petty and U.S. Senate Candidate, Dwayne “Duke” Buckner

U.S. Senate candidate and Walterboro attorney Dwayne Buckner has released his plan to address gun violence and is pushing for a “one-strike-and-you’re-out” policy for felonies committed by gun owners.
Buckner is running on the Republican ticket for the U.S. Senate in the 2020 election and is seeking to oust longtime and current U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
Buckner is also a Walterboro-based attorney and former elected local leader.
On August 15th, amid the aftermath of two national mass shootings, Buckner said he believes the “heart of man” is the issue at the bottom of the country’s problem with gun violence.
In a press release, Buckner said the right to possess a firearm is “protected” under the U.S. Constitution, but also said that those who use that right to commit a violent crime should have those constitutional rights removed. “I believe that gun violence in America is a matter of the heart of man and that is where the issue will ultimately have to be addressed for there to be any long term solution to the problem,” said Buckner, in a written statement. “The primary right to possess a firearm is for protection of one’s person and property. Therefore, if a person has been convicted of the use or possession of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime, then I believe he or she forfeits his or her constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
“One strike and you’re out because of the potential dangers inherent in the weapon,” Buckner said. Buckner discussed his opinions on gun violence while speaking to the DC Machine facility in nearby Summerville. The DC Machine is one of the largest gun-barrel manufacturers in the United States.
Buckner’s anti-gun violence campaign was released about one week after he recently discussed his plan to overhaul the state’s public education system.
In addition to his belief that constitutional rights to bear arms should be removed by offenders, Buckner said he also believes that if a person has been “adjudicated as mentally incompetent or has a serious mental illness that affects his or her ability to act and behave rationally,” that individuals should also not have access to firearms.
“Unlike Senator Graham, who supports red flag laws, I am not in favor of implementing any proposed infringement upon a constitutional right without exploring the least restrictive means first,” said Buckner.
The “red flag laws” allow family members or law enforcement officers to request courts in the United States Judicial System to temporarily remove guns from a person who is deemed to be a danger to themselves or the community. Buckner is arguing against the temporary fashion of this current law.
“A disregard for life has slowly developed in our country over the years,” he said. “Instead of expanding red flag laws at this time, I would support the immediate funding and implementation of a national ad campaign that promotes the gift of life as being something precious.
“The same ad campaign would also promote love, peace, and racial reconciliation.”
“I believe this would help to change our culture and have a lasting impact on changing the hearts of man. The ad campaign is something the whole country can get behind,” said Buckner. “National campaigns have been very effective in addressing the issues of drunk driving and smoking. If done properly, we won’t need any red flag laws or bans on assault weapons.”
To learn more about Buckner’s campaign for the U.S. Senate, visit his Web site at www.bucknerforsenate.com.

Heather Walters (1738 Posts)