Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) today released the following statement on the December 14 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut:
"This devastating news has left us all with a feeling of profound sadness over the loss of so many innocent people. My deepest sympathies and prayers are with the victims and their families who must always live with the terror of that day in their hearts and minds.
"Our recent history has been marred with unspeakable acts of mass violence against helpless and undeserving people, and this most recent tragedy is all the more disturbing as it targeted the most innocent and defenseless among us: our children.
"As the White House noted in comments to the press earlier today, the causes of these attacks are complex and offer no single solution. That is why I support Sen. Joseph Lieberman's (I-CT) proposal to create a national commission on mass violence.
"Given that many of these recent attacks have connections to mentally ill individuals, I have long-advocated for measures that prevent health insurers from placing discriminatory restrictions on mental health and addiction treatments, and remain hopeful that the nearly 20 million Americans who suffer from mental illness receive the treatment they require.
"In addition, as chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that funds the Justice Department, I have increased funding for the national background check system at a higher level than proposed by the Senate and White House to keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill and violent criminals.
"Of equal importance, I have repeatedly cosponsored legislation aimed at protecting children from violent and sexually explicit video games and Hollywood films. These graphic images are far too easily accessed by our children and lack any notion of real-life consequences to violent and abundant death. I believe there is a causal relationship between the desensitizing of violence in the media and a disturbed individual's inclination to commit such an attack.
"We must examine every possible option and do everything in our power to protect our citizens from heinous crimes like these."