Tuesday, January 05, 2016
Hartzler: Obama gun proposal would not stop Islamic extremists, mentally ill
Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s announced unilateral and unconstitutional proposals to restrict Americans from rightfully purchasing and owning firearms:
Time and again, the President has shown his eagerness to restrict law-abiding Americans from owning firearms; going so far as sidestepping the Constitutional separation of powers and acting unilaterally to advance his unpopular agenda. Instead of addressing the rise of ISIS and the effects of mental illness, he is using tragic incidents as an excuse to infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens. This is wrong and must not be allowed.
Missourians and Americans everywhere are understandably troubled by the tragic shootings that have occurred across our nation, but the President’s proposal to make gun ownership more difficult would not have stopped Islamic extremists or mentally ill people from committing the acts they did. Only solid foreign policy and leadership will. That should be the president’s focus.
I join gun-owning, law-abiding citizens across the country who want to keep criminals and extremists from using firearms against our fellow neighbors, friends, and family; but we need to stand up for our Constitutional rights while also looking at the root causes of violence. We can do both.