Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02) issued the following statement following the release of the President's recommendations for policy changes in the aftermath of the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut:
"We can all agree that what happened in Newtown was a tragic event that should have never happened. As a father of three, my heart continues to ache for the families and entire Newtown community.
"I look forward to reviewing the President's recommendations; however, I believe that achieving the goal of safety for our children will be best accomplished through focusing on mental health issues as opposed to infringing on the Constitutional rights of law abiding citizens.
"We need to focus on the issue at the core of many of these tragedies. Improving mental health care is critical to ensure that future incidences of violence are avoided and that people who are mentally ill cannot access weapons.
"My colleagues and I on the House Energy and Commerce Committee have a renewed focus on mental health and we will certainly discuss how to move forward from this tragedy to hopefully prevent future violent attacks. In addition, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce will be examining school safety and how to best protect our children, and I will be interested in hearing from Kentucky education officials to get their views. Both of these issues are vital to the dialogue and I look forward to reviewing these proposals at the committee level."