Vance Alm, M.D.
Candidate - U.S. Representative for Nevada's 2nd Congressional District
Phone: (775) 303-2377
Orlando Shooting Tragedy
Today we experienced a horrific tragedy in Orlando. I cannot explain the horror I felt upon hearing the news of this massacre. My heart goes out to the families and friends of all who were lost or injured in this senseless act of hatred, and to everyone who has been affected by this tragic act.
A single, deranged, or hatefully intended person who is able to take the lives of over 50 people is unbelievable. The power that is available in the form of guns is astounding.
The questions is, how do we prevent gun violence? Do we collect all the guns; control access to ammunition; incarcerate those we suspect as terrorists; limit the influx of those groups we fear? Another approach is to close loopholes to felons, mentally ill, and those on any terrorist list. Do we need to address this problem on a sociological/psychological level as a nation? Is the problem America’s fascination with guns? Is it the media’s sensationalism of violence in order to stoke fear and sell their programs? Is it a societal response that condones so much violence, bullying, and aggressive behavior? There is no easy answer.
If this was the deed of a religious fanatic, then we, as a nation, need to work to destroy that group of fanatics as a moral imperative. If this was an act of hate against members of the LGBTQ community, then we must stand together to show solidarity for the rights of all members of our society to be free from oppression.
We as a nation must unite to respect the dignity of everyone. We must throw out the labels. We need to learn how to decrease violence in our society. We need to ensure that this does not happen again.
I worked with guns extensively throughout my military career. I have also suffered a personal loss in my family through a violent gun crime. We must strongly control access to those we recognize as dangerous. By increasing access to mental health care and identifying those who are suffering from a mental disorder, we eliminate a large percentage of those who commit crimes involving guns. Closing loopholes that allow access, regardless of background or mental condition, will curb violent crimes with guns. We must also aggressively enforce laws for criminals. I don’t want felons, mentally ill, or people on terrorist watch groups to be able to get guns.
Again, I extend my deepest condolences to everyone who has been touched by this. By unifying together, we can find the answer.
As you make your decision on who to vote for in Nevada's upcoming Primary Election, you will be trying to gather all the information you can on each candidate. I hope my website will answer some of your questions. If you would like to learn a bit more about me and some of my plans, please select from the videos placed throughout my website. I always welcome phone calls and emails as well.
I have spent my life working with and helping people from every walk of life. I have spent my life creating plans and solutions for every type of person. Throughout my military career, political affiliations could not come into play. My duties, and the oath to which I swore when I agreed to serve my country, were to honor and defend this great country and every person, regardless of their beliefs. Every day as a physician, I work with patients and consult with colleagues of any age, gender, religion, political affiliation, and socioeconomic background. I am the best person for this job because of my experience, my breadth and depth of knowledge of the issues - local, national, and global, and because I am the only candidate who served, and continues to serve, you and America. I think you are more important than any contribution, endorsement, or party platform. Please stand behind me and allow me to stand up for you, for Nevada, and for America.
Thank you for your time and your consideration in becoming your next U.S. Representative in Nevada's 2nd Congressional District.
Thank you to my fellow veterans and their families today and every day.
When I entered the military over forty years ago, I wanted to pay back my country for taking care of my mom, my sister, and me after the loss of my Dad.
My career in the military defines my life and provided me with unique experiences. Serving my country first as an army infantryman, then as an Air Force navigator, provided insight into our nation's defense, and interest in foreign policy. I served nearly six years overseas and grasped how different American ideology is from other countries.
My duties, and the oath to which I swore when I agreed to serve my country, were to honor and defend this great country and every person, regardless of their beliefs.
As a veteran, my country and all who live here, are my priority. Many of my fellow veterans have needs and issues specific to those who have served our country. I'm listening, and I'd like to be your voice in Washington.
As an American, I understand the needs we have every day. The breadth and depth of my experiences provide me with a unique background for the critical job of representing you. It would be my honor and privilege to continue my service to our country as your U.S. Congressional Representative.
One of my top priorities in my campaign as your candidate for Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District is to give you a choice. In today’s political arena, we are too often faced with the lesser of two evils, or voting against a certain candidate. Just as many of us are sick and tired of nay-sayers and those who are more willing to say why something can’t be done, as opposed to coming up with a plan or idea of how it CAN be done, we are also tired of the status quo. I am here to give you someone you can vote FOR. I am listening. I hear the message you are trying to send to the political establishment.
I hope that you will join me in my endeavors to make a difference for Nevada. I am tired of partisan politics, as are many of you. Partisan politics are preventing any meaningful work from being done in our government. It is time for new leadership and new representation; leaders who are ready to go to work and walk the walk in Washington.
This bears repeating, Nevada’s representatives cannot represent special interests, while claiming to be a representative to all of the people in Nevada, or in the country. We, as Nevadans, need to set an example for the nation that political offices are not up for sale. Just as your vote and your voice are not for sale, neither are mine. My campaign is powered by you, my supporters, not the political establishment or big business. I have not taken, nor will I take, contributions from corporations. I am beholden to Nevadans, not the corporations. Your support, your voice, and your vote are what will make this campaign a success.
NewsFriday, May 20, 2016 1:10 AM
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 9:59 AM
We need your help! Please join us tomorrow night for planning, discussions, and light snacks. Help Vance Alm make a difference for Nevada. Bring your friends, bring your family, bring your questions, and bring your excitement! We hope to see your tomorrow (Thursday, May 19th)!
Saturday, April 2, 2016 8:06 PM
Thank you for participating in the Washoe County Convention!