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Second Amendment

Delaware Constitution Bill of Rights
Article I Section 20 - A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and State, and for hunting and recreational use.

US Constitution Bill of Rights
Second Amendment - A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

When you are sworn into office as a State Senator, you make a pledge to obey and defend the constitutions of the United States and of Delaware.

There is no 'picking and choosing' which provisions of the constitutions you will 'obey and defend' and which you will not.

I support the rights of law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. The Second Amendment makes it clear that this right is not to be 'infringed' upon by government.

Big Tech and Social Media Censorship Act

A bill has been drafted to protect those who have been unfairly censored, mostly because of comments on political issues. Here is some of the language from the Big Tech and Social Media Censorship Act:

The State has an interest in helping its citizens enjoy the free exercise of their religious and political rights in certain semi-public forums commonly used for religious and political speech, regardless of which political party or religious organization they support.

+ The State has an interest in deterring the owners and operators of social media websites that have substantially created a digital public square from maliciously interfering in elections.

The General Assembly is opposed to online censorship unless the content is injurious to children or promotes human trafficking.

The owner or operator of a social media website that contracts with a user in this State is subject to a private right of action by the user if the social media website purposely does any of the following:

+ Deletes or censors the user's religious speech or political speech.

+ Uses an algorithm to disfavor, shadowban, or censure the user's religious speech or political speech.

A user may be awarded a minimum of $75,000 in statutory damages for each purposeful deletion or censoring of the user's speech. The big tech giants (more than 75 million users) should not be allowed to choose with political or religious ideologies can be censored.

Fairness in Women's Sports

I am seeking public input on a bill titled "Fairness in Women's Sports." A number of states have already introduced similar legislation and the bill has become law in a few states.

President Biden on his first full day in office signed an executive order to allow students to play sports based on gender identity, not biological sex.

Beth Stelzer, a female amateur powerlifter and founder of Save Women's Sports, said, "If biological men are allowed to compete in women's sports, there will be men's sports, there will be co-ed sports, but there will no longer be women's sports."

Part of the concern from women's groups is that biologically-male students could compete against girls for athletic scholarships to colleges. Send your comments to brichardson@mspublications.com

Education key to success

Our taxpayer dollars should only support curriculum that helps students know how to succeed in life.
I will continue to support the following curriculum:
      + Lectures on the evils of Communism
      + Citizenship test requirement to graduate
      + Drug Prevention Curriculum based on evidence-based success
      + Financial basics for success

Our focus must be on giving our young people the best chance for success by equipping them with the knowledge they need to lead a rewarding life.

When this is the focus, our state benefits from new business ventures, more rewarding career opportunities for our graduates and better communities.