This response covers the bases for Delaware's place in Congress. The related posts at the bottom will take you to the responses from both Senators and this post provides you with the message given to one of our readers by their sole Representative in the House, John Carney.
Thank you for taking the time to contact me about gun control and the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. I appreciate your input and thoughts on this matter.
Let me begin by saying that there is simply no way to explain the senseless act of violence perpetrated on such young and innocent children and their teachers. As a parent, I cannot imagine the pain the families of Newtown are feeling right now. Like Americans across the country, I am overwhelmed with sadness and grief. I offer my deepest condolences to the families affected by this horrific tragedy.
As you know, this is not the first time we've seen such carnage and we need to take serious action in Congress to help protect our citizens, our children, and our law enforcement officials. I will continue to support efforts to immediately pass legislation to get extended magazine clips and military assault weapons off our streets and away from our classrooms.
On December 19, 2012, President Obama also announced that Vice President Joe Biden would head a commission to devise recommendations designed to prevent another Newtown-style gun massacre.
With that said, I fully realize that gun control can be a very complex issue. The 2nd amendment grants us the right to bear arms, but I believe this right must be exercised responsibly. For instance, as Lieutenant Governor, I implemented Delaware's gun trigger lock education and distribution program, which distributed more than 80,000 gun trigger locks in the state.
We must also continue working to prevent guns from ending up in the hands of people who are emotionally disturbed or engaged in criminal activity. Implementing common sense measures that do not affect law-abiding citizens will help stop the proliferation of illegal guns on our streets and in our communities. I am supportive of gun enforcement efforts involving police and prosecutors, as well as effective firearm safety education programs. I look forward to the recommendations by Vice President Biden's commission and will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to prevent these horrific attacks from occurring again.
I appreciate your taking the time to share your thoughts with me regarding this urgent matter. I take seriously the trust Delawareans have placed in me and my responsibility to represent them in Congress, and I look forward to serving you in the coming years.
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