Venable partner Jamie Barnett joined former astronaut Captain Mark Kelly and his wife, Congresswoman Gabby Gifford, at the launch of the Veterans Coalition for Common Sense. The coalition brings together veterans from every branch of the military with a commitment to urge elected officials to enact responsible changes respecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans, help keep guns out of the wrong hands, and save lives.
"As a former Deputy Commander of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, I know that our Sailors had to be well versed in the use of firearms. I saw first hand the incredible power of firearms, and I know the precautions we taught to keep people safe. But I also know the dangers guns pose when they are in the hands of dangerous people," said Barnett. "Making our communities safer from gun violence shouldn't have to be a partisan idea – it's just a commonsense idea. That's why so many Americans – including veterans like me – support these policies. We’re standing together and demanding commonsense change because we have a responsibility to leave to our kids and grandkids a country that is safer from gun violence."