Shannon Sloan (L): Candidate for U.S. Rep. 6th Congressional District

LA's 6th Congressional District Candidates

What is your campaign website? Which social media accounts can people follow for campaign updates?

  • sloanforliberty.com
  • facebook.com/sloanforliberty
  • Twitter: @electsloan

What top three issues you think deserve your immediate attention in office? How would you compromise with members of opposing parties?

  • Ending the drug war
  • Cutting military spending and bringing the troops home
  • Reducing the size and scope of government

What are your thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement?

I believe that black individuals are disproportionately targeted by unjust laws and over-policing.  I believe we need significant criminal justice reform and demilitarization of police.  I believe we need to end qualified immunity and the drug war.  I do not condone violence in any way, shape, or form (in protesting or otherwise).

What needs to be done to promote social and racial justice?

While I do not believe the government can eliminate social and racial injustice, there is a lot of necessary reform in our criminal justice system that could help.  I do not believe government force to address these issues is a fix either, and only creates more violence.  Creating more laws will not change the hearts of people.  I believe we must focus on the rights of the smallest minority, the individual, and work to leave people alone to live their lives the way they choose as long as they are not hurting anyone else, regardless of their gender, race, age, or sexual orientation.

Should police departments reconsider any of their policies in response to recent events? If so, which policies deserve priority?

As a Libertarian, police reform is important to me, and recent events do not change our stance.  I believe demilitarization of the police is important.  There are too many opportunities for government law enforcement to violate the rights of its citizens, and peaceful citizens should be left alone, minimizing the opportunity for law enforcement to interact and with them. There are countless unnecessary laws that violate the rights of peaceful citizens that law enforcement is charged with enforcing.  Our criminal justice system needs a major overhaul. 

How would you rate the state’s — and the nation’s — coronavirus response? What would you want done differently?

I believe that the governor’s mandates are a violation of the rights of the citizens and have destroyed the livelihoods of many Louisiana families. 

Would you support any changes to the current healthcare system? What parts, if any, need change?

Absolutely.  Like our criminal justice system, our healthcare system needs a complete overhaul.  The government needs to step out of the way and let the private market address the healthcare need, which will bring competition and result in better quality care and lower prices.  Government’s involvement through programs like Medicaid only increase costs and decrease the quality of care, and the bureaucracy involved in accepting government aid significantly increases the cost of doing business for the healthcare provider, which increases cost for the individual.  Like most other things, when the government gets involved, quality goes down and cost goes up.

Where do you stand on gun ownership and the Second Amendment?

I believe in the right of every peaceful individual to bear arms without exception and without permission, and I oppose licensing and all government regulation of firearms.

Do you think our nation’s immigration system needs adjustment? What changes would you support, if any?

I believe that all immigrants should be welcome in our country just like my ancestors were.  The difference is that my ancestors were not offered government support.  They came here for a better opportunity and worked hard to provide that for their families.  I believe in open borders along with the end of the welfare state, as both of these go hand in hand.  We simply cannot afford to take in immigrants and support them on the backs of our hard working taxpayers. I also believe the drug war directly creates much of the violence we see along our Mexican border and this war on drugs, which is really a war on people, needs to end.  This will directly impact our situation at our southern border.

What steps would you support to strengthen the nation’s security?

We need to focus on defense of our soil, not on policing the world. Bringing our troops home and spending less money overseas will enable us to focus on our own defense at a much lower cost.

What are your thoughts on climate change? What, if anything, should Congress do about it?

I believe that the climate changes naturally and is going to continue to change, and I believe that human action has an impact.  However, I do not believe that good ideas require government force.  I believe that private and nonprofit organizations can do more to address environmental issues than overblown bureaucratic government agencies can.  Part of the problem we have is that a large number of people believe that the government is the solution to all of our problems.  They are the most expensive and least efficient solution.

Would you vote in favor of spending bills that add to the deficit?

Absolutely not.

Do you believe our current political system, namely on Capitol Hill, lacks civility? How would you encourage civil discourse in Congress?

I am less concerned about civility and more concerned about getting the job done.  In fact, we should all be more angry than we are now of the condition of our government.

What other issues would you fight for in office?

In addition to the issues discussed above, protecting the rights of the individual should guide all decisions made by our government leaders who are there to represent those rights.

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