U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, released the following remarks after he joined Congressman Denny Rehberg, Chairman of the Labor, Health, Human Services (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittee, in an effort to further ensure taxpayer dollars are not utilized to advance misleading gun control notions that hinder Second Amendment rights. Specifically, Alexander, who serves as the vice-chairman, co-authored a letter from subcommittee members urging the president to abide by Section 218 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012, which President Obama signed into law at the end of last year. The bill included a number of funding constraints designed to protect Americans from policies and regulations that could adversely affect their constitutional freedoms. This section in particular prohibits taxpayer dollars from funding the advocacy of legal gun ownership as a threat to public health. For instance, this provision would thwart agencies like the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from using federal money to propagate a study which characterized parental gun ownership as a "hazard" to their children's safety, and concluded that a home free from such hazards was essential to a child's wellbeing.
"It is the legitimate right of every law-abiding American citizen to keep and bear arms. Such freedoms, which are explicitly written in the U.S. Constitution, should not be restricted. More so, we should not use taxpayer money to paint a false picture of legal gun ownership as a public health danger. Typically, such campaigns are highly sensationalized, and create an unfair representation of this unalienable right.
"It is not the job of the federal government to place any undue restrictions on its responsible citizens with respect to valid activities involving firearms. Our committee chose to control this funding, because such financial burdens would be used to promote embellished scare tactics.
"As a lifetime member of the NRA and a long-standing member of the Congressional Sportsman Foundation, I will continue to support legislation and any additional means that offer Americans further protection against the efforts of those trying to infringe upon the Second Amendment."