Andrew Janz, Fresno County prosecutor running for the 22nd Congressional District against Devin Nunes addressed supporters during Saturday’s March For Our Lives and stated those bought by the NRA make his job “so much harder.” Janz said he sees the impact guns have in Fresno with one gun related crime occurring per day and he wants to take guns off the street form people who are a danger to themselves.
Before leaving the podium, Janz said,
“I have a message for my opponent and a message to the NRA, your time is up.”
While taking pictures and signing posters, Janz informed CVO that he is a gun owner himself and he sees no problem supporting students’ First Amendment Right. When asked if this was an attack on the Second Amendment, Janz said,
“this isn’t an attack on the Second Amendment at all this is about public safety, this is about keeping our community and kids safe.”
When pressed on how he would solve the problem Janz stated he wanted to end gun show loopholes, talk about universal background checks, make sure military assault weapons did not fall into the hands of people who are a danger to themselves and the community, and improve the storing of weapons to keep children safe and prevent people who break into homes from stealing weapons and using them in violent crimes.
Janz was the only congressional candidate allowed to speak during the March For Our Lives event.
Why didn’t Andrew Janz inform the students that he is a responsible gun owner?
Did the audience at the March for Our Lives this past weekend factor in that the candidate speaking owns a gun? Probably not to THIS audience because it did not fit the narrative of the event. However, will Andrew Janz tout that he is a gun owner when he is in front of a conservative audience in the future. We shall see.
Sadly, Saturday was lost opportunity to provide desperately needed leadership to youth and young adults while educating students about the Second Amendment. It was clearly an organized effort to campaign and rally support against the Second Amendment. Yes it was a campaign rally, period.
Numerous Janz signs and hats could be spotted in the crowd. Want more proof? When I spoke to the other democratic challenger Ricardo Franco in the audience about his absence on stage he said the event was bought and paid for.
The most striking comment made by Janz was in reference to how guns are making his job harder as a prosecutor. Really? Aren’t the weakening of California criminal laws SB 47, 57 and AB 109 making the job more difficult? Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer and Margaret Mims have expressed that these laws are making law enforcement more difficult. Could it possibly be that the files hitting the desk of Mr. Janz are all cases on illegal gun possession?
Janz took advantage of the March For Our Lives spotlight for his purpose. This purpose was evident from the majority of speakers encouraging all attendees to vote out Devin Nunes.