Sen. Mike Lee on pending firearms bill

WASHINGTON D.C. – Yesterday, Senator Mike Lee released the following statement regarding the votes relating to the firearms bill, listed as S. 649:

Following the tragedy at Sandy Hook, we all wanted to find answers that would reduce crime and prevent the next senseless act of violence. Unfortunately, the Senate did not consider any proposals that would achieve these objectives.  Instead, the primary effect of most of the bills we voted on today, including the expansion of background checks, was to limit the rights of law-abiding citizens.

I agree with the president that this debate is not over.  My hope is that we can now discuss the problems that lead to these violent acts and propose solutions that actually address them.  We can do more to identify and help individuals with mental health issues and enforce existing laws that keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals.  We must also begin a serious dialogue about the culture of violence that undermines the moral fabric of our society.

We have an obligation to protect the lives and liberty of Americans.  I am confident that we can achieve both.

Submitted by the offices of Sen. Mike Lee

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4 Comments

  • Raymond Holt April 18, 2013 at 10:38 am

    This is full of crap. According to the NRA and their congressmen cronies that accept their big bucks, it is not guns that kill people…people kill people. Therefore you cannot blame them for the violence. When we have tragedies, we all agree ( for a moment ) that we need more resources to avoid these tragedies such as mental health, education, and felons obtaining weapons. Now…according to the vote ANYBODY can get a gun. What is this solving ? NOTHING ! For the educated and responsible gun owner, a background check is no big deal. A waiting period can be done in as little as 3 days. If you do not have anything to hide, why the problem. We are not asking to take away your weapons. We are trying to be more responsible with them. Now the NRA and people like you throw that responsibility away. The next time there is a tragedy , the blood will be on your hands.

    • Balzo Flahnerty April 18, 2013 at 11:25 am

      You may not know how to get a gun off the street. But every punk out there sure does. Background checks won’t help at all, when the guns are bought off a doper that ripped them off by burgling a house where guns are not locked up.

      I’m really not so much against background checks. But I am just flabbergasted at the number of naive foolish idiots that think any kind of law, is going to keep a gun out of the hands of a person intent on using one illegally. I mean, just how freaking stupid can a person be?

      FWIW, I dropped my NRA membership over 20 years ago. Got so sick of their “The Sky Is Falling,” money grubbing requests. I’d gladly pay my yearly dues to them, if they didn’t immediately jump on my name, as a huge opportunity to get extra funding.

  • raymond holt April 18, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    so, your suggestion is……do nothing ? The bad guys win ? that is not going to help . This kind of legislation is a start. It could help take the impulsive nature of gun violence a step or two back. We have to start somewhere. The NRA is worried about profit and the polticians are worried about re-elected. sure people can get guns, but why hand it to them on a silver platter ???

  • Big Don April 19, 2013 at 8:42 am

    How about enforcing current laws, rather than making new ones? This proposed legislation will do nothing to stop gun violence. All it does is get lawmakers names out in front of the public. Which, of course, is all they want anyhow. They just want the appearance of doing something productive, so folks will vote for them again.

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