Rep. Sharice Davids talks student loans and gun safety | theSkimm

Rep. Sharice Davids talks student loans and gun safety | theSkimm


I was raised by a single mom who served
in the Army for twenty years and I started off with an associate’s degree
from Johnson County Community College and then went on to get my bachelor’s
degree. Managed to make my way to Cornell for Law School. I spent a few years doing
a variety of legal jobs and then decided to run for Congress when I saw the
direction our country was headed and then I won. Hi I’m Sharice Davids from
the Kansas third congressional district. Let’s sip and skimm. There are a lot of
really good things about not just being a first but being part of this freshman
class of Representatives who just got to DC. I just feel very honored that along
with Deb Haaland from New Mexico that we are the first Native American women to
serve in Congress. When you think about what our democracy really needs it’s
important to have diversity because our country is diverse. One of the things
that I know is affecting a lot of particularly Millennials is the
skyrocketing cost of higher education and student loans. Although I had
some scholarship money come in, I still had quite a bit of student loan debt
that I took on. How much in student loans you have should not be the first thing
you think about when you’re trying to decide how you’re gonna live your best
life and contribute the most you can to our country. I think of gun safety as a
public health crisis. There are folks who are getting access to firearms when they
shouldn’t. Whether it’s because of domestic violence or some other kind of
violence in their history or also folks who are in danger of harming themselves.
The other piece is that we have to be able to study the problem. Metrics are
how we know what is important and when the CDC isn’t studying gun safety
statistics we aren’t even sure where to focus resources.

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