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Udall Statement on Virginia Tech Shootings


Location: Washington, DC


Congressman Mark Udall (D-Eldorado Springs) released the following statement regarding the shootings at Virginia Tech and recent calls for new gun legislation:

"As a father, my heart goes out to the families and students who were affected by the unconscionable killings at Virginia Tech. This is a terrible tragedy and it's heartbreaking. We in Colorado know what it's like to go through an experience of this magnitude and I'm sure everyone in our state is saying a prayer for the victims' families.

"I don't think more gun control laws would stop another troubled, disturbed person from killing on this massive level. Someone who is this mixed up and who is willing to kill himself as well is going to find a way to commit violence, and that kind of mental disturbance is what we should try to understand and address.

"We should enforce the gun laws that are currently on the books, but we should also look into campus safety and communications systems, increased funding for school counseling, making mental health services more accessible and doing what we can to try to understand why someone would commit such a horrendous crime. If all that comes of this incident is a discussion about guns, then I think we've missed an important opportunity to address other issues that played a role in this crime."

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