Arkansas delegation responds to gun control debate
By Evan Hoffmeyer, Digital Executive Producer - email
WASHINGTON (KATV) - After an election cycle where gun rights were hardly mentioned, the gun control / gun rights debate is heating up again in the wake of Friday's shooting in Connecticut.
Channel 7 News contacted Arkansas' Washington delegation asking for their stances on the reignited debate. We received the following statements:
Rep. Tim Griffin (R-02)
"The tragedy in Connecticut is heartbreaking, and it raises
many questions and concerns about our treatment of mental health issues and our
increasingly crude and violent culture. But no gun control proposal I've
seen – including Connecticut's own ‘assault weapons' ban – could have made the
deranged murderer obey the law when he stole firearms and committed this
Sen. Mark Pryor (D)
"First, on behalf of all
Arkansans, I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathy to the families,
teachers, and community of Sandy Hook Elementary School. In the wake of
this tragedy, many complex issues ranging from guns to mental health to violence
in the media have been brought to light. As conversations about these issues
take place in the future, I will reach out and listen to my constituents'
thoughts and concerns. In the meantime, we should give families and loved ones
time to grieve and heal."
Sen. John Boozman (R)
thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends and all those affected by
this unimaginable tragedy. Like President Obama said, no one law or set of laws
will eliminate evil in this world, but we must have an open and honest
discussion about the root causes of this senseless violence and the state of
mental health care in this country."
"This is not the same America that I grew up in, and I think it is time
to address whether there really is a legitimate need for high-capacity
weapons that can shoot, you know, a lot of rounds of ammunition....I think past notions that any change at all in gun laws is a foot in the
door – I think it is time we get beyond that. America has
changed. Unfortunately, it is a different place than when we were
children. And, we need some commonsense reforms.
"These weapons that have been used in these horrendous slayings aren't
the type of guns I hunt with or anybody else hunts with. I mean when you
duck hunt you can only have three shells in your gun by law. And, you
know, I shoot a Browning 270 deer rifle. I think it might hold four
rounds — that's it. And, I'm your typical hunter out there."
Rep. Ross is co-chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus but as an outgoing member of the House, he will not be around to vote on any legislation that may come about as a result of Friday's massacre.
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