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Capitol Corner: The Importance of Standing Up for Second Amendment Rights

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Location: Washington, DC

After the devastating acts of a madman in Newtown, Connecticut, President Obama and some Congressional Democrats have begun promoting new changes to our current gun laws to limit our Second Amendment rights. Needless to say, I did not agree with much of what they proposed. As a gun owner and avid hunter, I have consistently fought to protect the right to keep and bear arms. That's because when our Founding Fathers drafted the Bill of Rights, they included the Second Amendment, which states, "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." They wisely knew that if the people were armed, there would always be a built-in protection against criminal activity and tyranny.

But it isn't just that these proposals will limit our constitutionally guaranteed right to bear arms. It's also that by focusing the blame on guns, President Obama has missed the forest for the trees.

If we truly want to stop horrible events like we saw in Newtown, we need to look at what is behind the violence. Over the last few decades, we have seen a breakdown of the family unit and an erosion of moral values that has left many of our young people without strong, positive guidance or the understanding that actions have consequences. Violent television shows, movies, and video games have taught some of our youth to solve their problems with violence. In an effort to "keep up with the Joneses,' many families have ignored warning signs that their children might have abnormally violent tendencies or mental health problems. And those families who do try to get their children help are often turned away by the very system that is supposed to assist them.

I know there has been some fear out there about the extent of the president's power when it comes to Executive Orders. It seems to me whenever this president wants to do something, he issues an Executive Order. I think it's because he gets confused at the difference between a republic and a dictatorship. So let me be clear here. Any attempt to infringe on someone's Second Amendment right to bear arms must be approved by Congress. Not only will I never support such legislation, I will do everything within my power as a Member of Congress to ensure no such legislation ever passes the House. In his usual fashion, the president wants to fix every problem with more government. But Executive Orders will not fix the true causes of mass murders like we have seen at Sandy Hook or in Aurora because the government cannot legislate morals. Instead of using these tragedies to push his liberal agenda for gun control, he should have focused on the true reasons these horrible events happen.


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