Congressmen Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement in response to President Obama's announcement of the "Biden Task Force" recommendations regarding gun violence:
"Like most Arkansans, I'm concerned about our nation's treatment of mental illness, our increasingly crude and violent culture, and a criminal justice system that allows repeat offenders to roam the streets. While some of President Obama's proposals address these issues, his focus on restricting the rights of law-abiding citizens with tried-and-failed, anti-Second Amendment policies is poll-tested but counterproductive. I am the father of two young children, and I am interested in solutions to curb the violence that plagues America, but I'm not interested in feel-good legislation that leaves our children no safer and Americans less free. The so-called "Assault Weapons Ban' did not stop the Columbine tragedy, and no gun control proposal I've seen could have made the deranged Connecticut murderer obey the law when he stole firearms and committed his unspeakable rampage."