Today, Congressman Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement on the report issued by the Gun Violence Task Force chaired by Vice President Joe Biden:
"If the goal of these proposals is to prevent horrific assaults such as Virginia Tech, Aurora, Tucson and Sandy Hook, we must first recognize that the crimes at Virginia Tech and Tucson did not involve "assault weapons". The Sandy Hook weapons were purchased by a law abiding citizen who would have passed a background check.
"The common thread in these crimes was untreated mental illness. Funding for mental illness is often misused and ineffective. If we are serious, this should be our focus. Although we are still awaiting details on the President's proposals, if we are truly to bring peace of mind to parents dropping off children at elementary school, we should focus on the true problem."