Georgia’s native son, President Jimmy Carter, continues to be a leading voice to improve world health care, monitor elections across the globe, and stand up for Human Rights against abuses such as torture, oppression and assaults on free speech.

Jim believes in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and worked to have the words of Article 1, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights,” carved into the steps of a memorial to Albert Einstein he helped erect on campus at Georgia Tech.

It has been 75 years since President Franklin Roosevelt spoke of four universal freedoms in an address to Congress and the American people: the freedom of speech, the freedom of worship, the freedom from want, and the freedom from fear.

Recent confrontations between law enforcement and citizens they protect, including a case in Coweta County where a handcuffed individual was repeatedly tasered until he died, have created understandable unease for Americans interacting with police. As these types of incidents are too numerous to count, Jim believes improved education and training, and better use of technology needs to be addressed at the Federal level.

While Jim believes people who commit crimes should go to jail, he wants to see crimes by non-violent offenders addressed with alternative sentencing strategies. The best way to reduce crime is increase job opportunities as it is better for our society if non-violent offenders are rehabilitated instead of only being locked away.

Legislation passed in North Carolina aimed at the LGBTQ community threatens to codify discrimination where it does not belong – inside of our legal codes. Jim is opposed to discrimination in every form and as a U.S. Senator, he will be an ally in the effort to eradicate it from our society.

Citizens who follow the law should be able to exercise their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Jim believes those people should also pass a background check and the “gun-show loophole” should be closed. Individuals who commit felonies, face domestic charges, or are on the suspected terrorist no-fly list should not be sold firearms until their situations are cleared.

As a U.S. Senator, Jim will help strike a 21st Century balance between security and privacy that will keep Americans safe and honor our unique Fourth Amendment freedoms.

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