We have a wide range of responses from members of Congress across the country with a lot more Representatives from the House that will be added. For now we have a response from the other Senator of Delaware, Christopher Coons. We will soon have their sole Rep. posted as well.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me on the recent, horrifying tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. I was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic shootings and extend my heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families. I was moved to hear of the heroic teachers and principal at Sandy Hook Elementary who gave their lives protecting their students. At this difficult time, I also remember the families and victims of other mass shooting tragedies, including Aurora, Colorado, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and elsewhere, as well as victims of gun violence in Delaware and beyond.
I agree that the right to bear firearms, protected by the Second Amendment, is a fundamental freedom. In the wake of yet another unimaginable tragedy, however, we are reminded that no freedom is absolute. Vice President Biden is leading an executive task force to study the causes of gun violence in America and to propose concrete solutions. I look forward to reviewing the task force's recommendations when they are released in January.
Additionally, I am carefully considering a range of options to address gun violence that include strengthening mental health care, improving gun safety, and exploring ways to improve our system of background checks to ensure that violent criminals and those with mental illness cannot harm their fellow Americans. With all legislation that comes before the Senate, I will be certain to closely weigh the public safety interests of society with the civil liberties and freedoms afforded to all citizens.
Again, thank you for contacting me. I am honored to represent Delaware in the United States Senate and truly value hearing from Delawareans on issues of concern. My website, www.coons.senate.gov, can provide additional details about my work in the Senate, including legislation and state projects. I value your input and hope you will continue to keep me informed of the issues that matter to you.
Christopher A. Coons
United States Senator
- Tom Carper United States Senator of Delaware Responds
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