Doug Applegate – Marine Colonel/trial attorney
As a Marine Colonel serving around the world and a civilian trial attorney, I have a proven record spanning four decades. I grew up in a hardworking middle class, blue-collar family and was the firs tApplegate to graduate from college. Joining the Marines months before Saigon fell, I chose to become first an infantry officer and later a Judge Advocate.I have advised Marine commanders, defended and prosecuted war crimes, and conducted complex civil and criminal trials. After a combat tour in Ramadi, Baghdad and Fallujah, I retired in 2006, having served 32 years in the Corps, active and reserve. I’ve lived and worked in the 9thCongressional District since being stationed at Camp Pendleton in 1981, and all three of my children grew up here.
I will fight to bring back American jobs that provide living wages and equal pay for equal work. I have
the experience to ask the right questions to create the strongest national defense, build the best Veterans Administration, and stop endless wars. I will demand comprehensive immigration reformthat makes American employers part of the solution.
I will fight to give all Americans who work hard an opportunity to succeed. With three children,including one in college, I know our future depends on good-paying jobs, affordable college, and a strong middle class. By cutting through the politics and focusing on common sense solutions, I will connect with voters across party lines in a district that includes Camp Pendleton, and nearly 80,000 veteran households. I ask for and would be honored to have your vote. We need to make government work for all Americans.
ISIS AND THE MIDDLE EAST
Congress keeps ducking its responsibilities to debate and vote on war/AUMF against ISIS in Syria & Iraq. We must ask informed questions about the cost and duration in terms that will tally the true cost in blood and treasure to resolve a struggle best described as a fight for the soul of Islam, pitting Muslim against Muslim.
GUN RIGHTS AND SAFETY
Sandy Hook and the 372 U.S. mass shootings in 2015 are America’s darkest failures since President Obama took office. Background checks alone and the NRA’s myth of a good guy with a gun would have stopped only a small fraction of these shootings, less than 3% according to the FBI.
“Armed for Combat-Armed for life” speaks to the Armed Forces required training and combat range qualification. The same requirement for in-person-live training and combat range qualification by all civilians would also allow a live-fire evaluation of the mental state of each “good guy with a gun” — just like the U.S. military.
Proof of those annual qualifications along with picture ID must be presented to purchase ammunition/reloading materials; thus eliminating the gun lobby’s objection to a national gun registry. Approved NRA training and combat range qualification would make the NRA part of the solution, not part of the problem.
ORLANDO & LGBT RIGHTS
As we learn the names and hear the stories of the 49 innocent individuals whose lives were taken too soon. Let us be clear, this was an act of hate against the LGBT community. Discrimination against the LGBT community for loving who they love is a violation of basic human rights, and should not only be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, but should not be tolerated by our society.
In 2007 and 2009, Congressman Issa voted against the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act which expands the 1969 U.S. federal hate-crime law to include crimes motivated by a victim’s actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. As your Member of Congress, I promise to support all measures that protect and defend our LGBT community, and work to root out hate among our society.
I am reminded by the great words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during these hard times: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”