Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) released the following response to President Barack Obama's call for gun bans and numerous additional restrictions on firearm ownership:
"Nothing in this proposal would have prevented the recent shootings or their severity. What this proposal will do is infringe directly upon the Second Amendment and strip lawful citizens of long-established rights," explained Representative LaMalfa. "Restricting access to firearms and the rights of law abiding citizens will not change the tragedies of the past or prevent them in the future."
"I was sent to Washington not to strip rights away from the American people, but to defend our basic freedoms and ensure that our government follows the Constitution. I am very concerned that the President's use of executive orders is not only legally questionable, but contrary to the principles of representative government which our nation was founded upon."
"Furthermore, this type of ban always fails to achieve any real result," concluded LaMalfa. "A simple look at Oakland and Chicago, which have some of the strictest gun laws in the country, proves that these laws don't work. More laws and gun bans will not stop those with a wicked heart, criminal designs or serious mental illness."