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Every right comes with an equal responsibility.  How should we react when someone carelessly exercises their rights?

In the aftermath of a tragedy, when emotions are running high, we must be careful to avoid knee-jerk reactions and look for genuine solutions to the root of the problem.  The actions of an errant few who abuse their freedoms should not curtail the rights of law-abiding American citizens.

Tragedies such as Parkland, or the 2017 shooting at the GOP Congressional baseball practice, give evidence to America’s culture of violence.  As a father and grandfather, I am deeply troubled by the constant glorification of violence in movies, TV, music, and video games.

Criminals, by definition, do not obey the law.  History has shown gun control laws do not prevent mass shootings.  There was an assault weapons ban in effect at the time of Columbine, the guns used at Sandy Hook were stolen, and a breakdown in the existing background check system allowed Charleston shooter Dylann Roof to purchase a gun.

New restrictions on purchasing firearms will not stop criminals from obtaining guns, but will prevent law-abiding citizens from exercising their Constitutional rights.

My position is based on ongoing consultation with local law enforcement, who tell me most recent gun control proposals wouldn’t prevent future tragedies, and wouldn’t stop criminals from obtaining firearms.

In ordering the Bill of Rights, our Founding Fathers placed “the right to keep and bear arms” second in importance only to the “freedom of speech.”  As your Congressman, I am committed to protecting your Constitutional rights.

In 2017, I co-sponsored and helped pass H.R. Res. 40, which reversed what I believe was an effort by the previous Administration to unnecessarily increase scrutiny on over 4 million law-abiding, disabled, patriotic Americans attempting to purchase firearms.  This legislation was signed into law by President Trump.

Gun violence, gun control, and the 2nd Amendment are serious issues, and my commitment is to always carefully examine all facets of the issue, keeping in mind how pervasive violence has become in American culture.  We must work together for a comprehensive, lasting, genuine solution to the problem of gun violence in America.

Only when our nation regains its moral footing will our children truly be safe.

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