Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) has issued the following statement in response to President Obama's gun control proposals:
"The Newtown massacre was a horrifically violent act, but rash gun control legislation will not keep our children safer. Many of the President's proposals simply act to restrict the ability of law abiding citizens to protect their families. Proposals that focus on enforcing our current laws, requiring federal agencies to provide information on criminals to the FBI's background check database, and giving states the necessary flexibility to protect our children have merit. Additionally, we must have a meaningful conversation about mental health issues and other societal contributors to violent behavior rather than simplistically attacking the tool used by criminals."
Congresswoman Hartzler serves on the House Armed Services, Agriculture, Budget Committees.