Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Congressman Beto O'Rourke Texas 16th Congressional District Responds

Our latest response is from another Representative of Texas, Congressman Beto O'Rourke. He points out two criteria, which will clearly have a no answer in regard to the legislation we have see put forth in the Senate. If you are a resident of his district, please make him know the right answer. 

Dear Mr...,

Thank you for writing to me with your concerns on potential gun control legislation. I appreciate hearing from you on this crucial issue.

Like millions of Americans, I was horrified by the recent tragedies in Newtown, Connecticut and Aurora, Colorado. As a father, I cannot imagine losing a child to random violence. As a Member of Congress, I believe that keeping our children and fellow citizens safe is a primary function of government. 

I represent thousands of responsible gun-owners and sportsmen. I support the Second Amendment and believe in the right of law-abiding Americans to own guns. I also believe in common sense. 
Congress and the American people should be having a candid conversation about how we can prevent future tragedies and what policies we can adopt or improve to make our schools and communities free from gun violence. As this conversation takes place, everything should be on the table, including better enforcement of existing laws, improved access to mental health treatment, and an examination of whether restrictions on high-capacity magazines or assault weapons would prevent future mass shootings.

If specific legislation comes before Congress, I will base my support on two simple criteria: will it make my constituents safer and will it protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners.

I appreciate the opportunity to be of assistance. If you would like to stay connected to our office with the latest news, legislation, and other useful information, please visit my website at: Orourke.House.Gov. Thank you again for your communication, and please do not hesitate to contact my office with any future questions or comments.


Beto O'Rourke
Member of Congress

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