You know that a Senator is respected in their state when they keep them in office for more than 30 years and fortunately for Utah, Senator Orrin Hatch gets back to them faster than our own Septuagenarian Senator McCain. You will find his message below. Keep up the good fight on all levels. It appears you should certainly remain vigilant to your state legislature no matter where you may live.
Thank you for taking the time to write with your concern regarding possible infringement upon Second Amendment rights, in light of the tragic events in
As a parent, grandparent, and great grandparent, I am heartbroken by the tragedy which occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. With the loss of 26 lives, including 20 children, a dark cloud has been cast over our nation. As we mourn the passing of so many fellow Americans, there has been a call to act by the Obama Administration, Members of Congress and the American public to find legislative solutions to curb gun violence.
Up to this point, the legislative efforts which have been discussed, have taken a single-sided approach to the problem. However, experts in the area of these types of shootings have identified many common contributing causes, including various issues with mental illness and treatment, violence in our culture through media, breakdown of the family unit, breakdowns in background checks for weapons purchases, response times of law enforcement, and the emergency action plans for schools. As we move forward, we must focus on carefully considered, comprehensive approaches that include all of these factors. Anything less is a disservice to victims and their families.
As you may well know, throughout my service to the people of Utah, I have long opposed any encroachment upon the Second Amendment to the Constitution. I strongly believe that the Constitution clearly guarantees the right of Americans to keep and bear arms. In addition, I have consistently opposed legislation that erodes the right to bear arms, as it has been shown that such legislation does little to deter the commission of crimes with guns.
I stand committed to actively work to support legislative efforts to curb violent attacks in concert with the rights and liberties guaranteed to us by the Constitution. There is no single contributing factor to these tragedies. All stakeholders must be willing to approach any action with an open mind and to resolve not to rely on political rhetoric, but instead to depend on available facts.
Again, thank you for your interest in such an important matter. Rest assured, I will continue to uphold the rights guaranteed by the Constitution, and will work to help provide the tools necessary to curb future violent attacks.
Orrin G. Hatch
United States Senator
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