Security and Law Enforcement
We believe the best way to defend our home is to be prepared, and that North Carolina should have safeguards in place to protect from attacks and to be adequately prepared for natural disasters.
This preparation should include the best technology and other appropriate tools for local and state law enforcement officials.
ENERGY POLICY: We recognize that a primary source of financial support for our Nation’s enemies stems from our own dependence on foreign oil. We encourage the creation of a comprehensive energy policy - emphasizing the use of alternative fuel sources and energy efficiency - as a means of reducing our nation’s dependence on foreign oil and depriving terrorists of their source of income.
GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION: As Democrats we recognize that there is a serious issue with gun violence in our country, yet we also respect the Constitution’s Second Amendment. We believe the promotion of standards to curtail gun violence is not inconsistent with the Second Amendment. Among the measures we support are strengthening background checks, closing loopholes such as the well-known “gun show loophole,” holding gun manufacturers
accountable through repeal of their special immunity status, and keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals. We believe that responsible gun owners should not be punished for the wrongdoing of those who seek to do harm, but that we must also take proactive measures to slow and eventually eliminate this epidemic in our country.
HEALTH: We support vigilant protection of North Carolinians' health, and a registry of potentially deadly agents, biological and chemical, that could be released into our environment.
LAW ENFORCEMENT: We support law enforcement efforts to obtain additional resources for improved communication and better intelligence gathering, including the implementation of police body cameras and community policing. We also encourage better cooperation in sharing information, detaining suspects and alerting the public, within the framework of the Constitution. We also support moving the State Bureau of Investigation back to the purview of the North Carolina Attorney General, rather than allowing a political appointee direct an agency in charged with investigating public corruption.
PUBLIC INFORMATION: We believe that North Carolina residents have a right to know when their safety is threatened in order to make informed decisions about their safety. We encourage rapid alerts in case of danger, and full disclosure, when appropriate, in times of crisis.
PUBLIC SERVANTS: We also strongly support our men and women in uniform who protect our communities every day. We are proud of and thankful for our police and fire / rescue forces and other public servants.