Our latest response is from the Representative of Idaho's 2nd Congressional District, Congressman Mike Simpson. While the fight is currently being waged on the local level in several states, it is important to be vigilant on the national stage. The President will be giving his State of the Union Address tonight, which could give some indication as to the conviction involved with taking on a matter that simply should be left alone by smart politicians.
Thank you for contacting me regarding your views on gun ownership and the Second Amendment to the Constitution. I appreciate the opportunity to respond to your concerns.
Like most Americans, I was horrified to learn of the shootings that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, December 14, 2012, that took the lives of 26 people, 20 of whom, were small children. This act of senseless violence in an elementary has been difficult for anyone to understand, and I mourn with those who lost their children, family members, and friends in this tragedy.
Not surprisingly, this incident prompted instant debate on gun control and other political issues. While it is important to have this debate, it is imperative that we continue to also focus our energies on supporting the community that was devastated by this event.
The Second Amendment to the Constitution reads: “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” I firmly believe this provision prohibits the federal government from denying law-abiding citizens this right.
Therefore, I will not support bans on the ownership of firearms, or legislation that promotes or requires the rationing or taxation of firearms or ammunition. I am also concerned that President Obama is considering bypassing Congress and using executive orders to change firearm laws. Contrary to the claims of gun control advocates, gun ownership is not the sole source of our gun-related crime problem. Illegal firearms trafficking and our “revolving door” justice system, and deficiencies in mental healthcare are significant contributing factors. I will continue to support legislation to reform our justice system to impose stiff sentences on criminals who use a gun while committing a crime. Individuals must understand that criminal behavior will not be tolerated, and will be met with grave penalties.
Once again, thank you for taking the time to contact me about this issue. As your representative in Congress, it is important to me to know your thoughts and opinions about issues affecting our nation today. I also encourage you to visit my website, House.Gov/Simpson, to sign up for my e-newsletter and to read more about my views on a variety of issues.
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