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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
A response, amazingly enough!
Thank you for contacting me about proposed gun regulations. I appreciate hearing from you.
First and foremost, no words can adequately describe the tragedy that
occurred in Connecticut. With the loss of so many innocent lives,
especially the young children, our prayers should continue to go out to
the families and the community around them. While a political
discussion of what we in Congress can do to prevent future tragedies is
inevitable, I hope these discussions will not overshadow the memory of
those who lost their life that day.
As a Member of Congress I
will honor my oath to "support and defend the Constitution of the
United States." Since being ratified on December 15, 1791, the Bill of
Rights has been one of the core pillars of our Constitution. The rights
enshrined to the people there have been a beacon to the world. The 2nd
Amendment states, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the
security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms,
shall not be infringed." In 2008 the historic Supreme Court case of
D.C. vs Heller reaffirmed this amendment as a protection for individuals
of the right to bear arms. There is no clause in the Second Amendment
qualifying or limiting this right.
As the 113th Congress begins
there will be extensive discussion in the months ahead concerning what,
if any, changes to our gun laws or other laws are needed following the
tragic events in Connecticut. I take seriously the need to safeguard the
Constitutional right to bear arms. I believe that responsible gun
owners should not be punished for the actions of one deranged person. I
am concerned that in a rush to do something, there may be an
overreaction. I think we need to take a thoughtful approach and look at
all of the facts in order to avoid any unintended consequences.
As we review the facts and study this issue I hope we also review the
effectiveness of current efforts to control gun use. The shooter in
Connecticut, a state with some of the most stringent gun control laws in
the nation, stole the guns from his mother after brutally murdering
her. He illegally carried the guns into a "gun-free" zone because he
knew there would be no one to stop him. According to the U.S.
Department of Justice, a majority of guns used by criminals are stolen,
bought on the black market, or obtained in other illegal ways. Most, if
not all, of the laws being proposed by gun control advocates would not
have made any difference in Connecticut.
Obama and Vice President Biden have both indicted they will be using
executive orders to pursue gun control. Unfortunately too often this
administration has used this tactic to go around Congress to achieve its
agenda. This flies in the face of the design of our Founding Fathers
when they established the Constitution with three co-equal branches with
checks and balances. Although the President can direct various
executive agencies how to do their business, the Constitution does not
allow the President to make law through executive order. If President
Obama wants changes to our gun laws he must bring these changes to
Congress so we can have an open, honest, and transparent debate.
Anything other than this is totally unacceptable.
As we as a
nation continue to heal from this tragedy I hope we also look within
our families, churches, and cultural institutions--for answers. Thank
you once again for providing me with your concerns. For more information
about my efforts on behalf of Colorado and to receive periodic
congressional updates, please visit my website at Lamborn.house.gov/.