U.S. Senator Pat Roberts today released the following statement regarding the White House Gun Violence task force's recommendations following the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary shooting:
"I am disheartened by the White House Gun Violence task force's recommendations, which primarily focus on gun control and missed the opportunity to provide bold proposals that would address the root of these tragedies: mental illness," Roberts said.
"I will fight proposals in the Senate that threaten our 2nd Amendment rights and fail to take real action to curb a culture of gun violence in America. I fully support enforcing the gun laws currently on the books instead of creating new ones that erode basic rights of self-protection. It has been statistically proven that passing gun legislation has no effect on removing guns from the hands of criminals. In the end, it is law-abiding citizens who are punished by gun control.
"Out of the 23 executive actions the President announced today, only a few addressed the mentally ill, a largely taboo and marginalized segment of our society. With the emphasis mostly on gun control, the President avoided serious measures to tackle the increasingly violent culture in America."