The National Rifle Association Responds to President Barack Obama’s 23 executive actions on gun control:
Throughout its history, the National Rifle Association has led efforts to promote safety and responsible gun ownership. Keeping our children and society safe remains our top priority.
The NRA will continue to focus on keeping our children safe and securing our schools, fixing our broken mental health system, and prosecuting violent criminals to the fullest extent of the law. We look forward to working with Congress on a bi-partisan basis to find real solutions to protecting America’s most valuable asset – our children.
Attacking firearms and ignoring children is not a solution to the crisis we face as a nation. Only honest, law-abiding gun owners will be affected and our children will remain vulnerable to the inevitability of more tragedy.
Both Congressmen Jack Kingston (R-GA-01) and Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued statements concerning Obama’s EOs.
From Kingston’s office:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jack Kingston (GA-1) released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s remarks and executive actions on gun control:
“We owe this country a thorough and thoughtful discussion on what actions can be taken to prevent future tragedies. Unfortunately, this national debate is already digressing into the usual camps and an ‘us versus them’ mentality. The victims of Newtown and all victims of gun violence deserve better.
“I am encouraged that the President has put mental health as well as the relationship between video games, media images, and violence on the table. I am disappointed, however, that he would immediately resort to executive orders rather than working with Congress on a comprehensive legislative response.
“As someone in elected office, I am very concerned that the President’s approach will divide this country in a way we have not been before. Gun sales have been through the roof over the past month and the intensity of email traffic my office is receiving is worrisome. The President should take a leadership role and say ‘let’s take a step back to approach this issue calmly.’
“As to the specific legislative proposals the President advocates, I am doubtful some of them pass constitutional muster or would be effective in preventing another Newtown. The perpetrators of mass violence do not concern themselves with what laws they are breaking in the commission of their crimes.
“We are united in our desire to prevent gun violence. Let’s put aside the failed old arguments of the past and come together to accomplish that task in a meaningful way.”
From Graves’ office:
U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s press conference where the Administration’s gun control agenda was announced:
“As the father of three and the husband of an elementary school teacher, it has been devastating to see the loss of life at the hands of armed madmen. In the aftermath of these tragedies, our nation has at once been united in grief and divided by a political agenda put forward by the president. The political agenda disregards the reality that violent criminals and murderers do not live by the laws of our land. It focuses on the re-regulation of lawful gun use, with the least consideration given to the rights of people to protect themselves, their families and their places of community gathering. I will continue to defend Second Amendment rights and oppose legislation that seeks to infringe on or intimidate people from exercising those rights.”