WASHINGTON, DC – Some of our area members of Capitol Hill are reacting to the president's new gun control plan unveiled on Wednesday.
Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) released the following statement:
“As a supporter of the Second Amendment, it is critical that lawmakers continue to protect the right to bear arms for responsible Americans, and I do not support the overwhelming executive actions in the President’s plan that could violate the gun ownership rights of law abiding citizens.
“Congress must pursue a step-by-step bipartisan approach to improve relevant issues—particularly better access to mental health care—instead of forcing gun restrictions. Enactment of future legislation must strike a balance to protect the rights of responsible Americans, while keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill and those who intend to cause harm to others.
“As the wife of a schoolteacher, the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary truly hits home for our family. Moving forward, I will work together with law enforcement and school officials to identify a better approach to ensure our children and communities are safe from further acts of senseless violence.”
Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) offered his view to Obama's gun control package:
“The Newtown shooting was a horrific tragedy that had an impact on all Americans but especially every parent, teacher and student, and it is right for our country to reflect on how we can prevent such events in the future.
“As we learn more about the president’s proposals, we must protect Second Amendment rights and ensure the federal government does not punish responsible gun owners. I will not support legislation or executive actions that would affect gun ownership rights for law-abiding citizens, including any assault weapons ban.
“Laws alone cannot eliminate all acts of violence. As Americans we need to examine a culture that increasingly glamorizes violence and determine how we can better identify and address mental illness in our society.”
Senator Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.):
“Senator Donnelly will be reviewing the president's proposal to reduce gun violence in schools. Senator Donnelly is a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights, and it is with that in mind that he is taking a look at the recommendations."
--Elizabeth Shappell, Donnelly Communications Director