Mackinac Policy Conference: Rep. Debbie Dingell talks gun reform, polarization

Political polarization is among America’s most prominent concerns, according to Rep. Debbie Dingell, a Democrat who represents Dearborn.

Gun reform legislation has been one of the most important policy priorities for Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) as of late. A package of gun reform bills are expected to receive a vote in the House on Thursday. Among the bills includes language ensuring safe storage, raising the age limit for purchasing assault weapons and investment in mental health. But political polarization is among Dingell’s chief concerns as it could prevent any legislation from passing.

“We got to find a way to pull ourselves together or this fear and hatred and division is going to be the end of the country as we know it.” — Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn)

Listen: What Debbie Dingell is trying to do to tackle gun reform.



Rep. Debbie Dingell represents Michigan’s 12th District. Dingell says she is working to keep her colleagues from polarizing to the point of being unable to pass effective gun control legislation.

“It’s a uniquely American problem, and we need to not go to our corners,” she says. “And we need to keep people from going to the corners that they always go to because we do have a system of government that does protect the minority.”

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