In response to the tragic Newtown shootings, President Obama is calling for drastic new restrictions on the ability of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. None of the 23 executive actions that the president proposed today would have prevented the horrible events in Newtown, but it does punish those of us that follow the letter of the law. I am outraged at the president's actions, and I feel it is an egregious violation of our Constitution. We would have been able to save lives at Sandy Hook Elementary and at Virginia Tech University if there had either been an armed police officer on campus or an exception to the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1991 enabling principals and teachers to obtain concealed carry permits under state law.
The right of self defense is absolute and is one of the most basic and sacred rights we have as Americans. The Second Amendment is written in plain English and is intended to absolutely guarantee the right of every American to keep and bear arms. I have joined with Congressman Todd Rokita of Indiana in sending a letter to President Obama, and our letter concludes by saying:
"The Supreme Court has ruled that the Second Amendment means what it says. We will not support, and in fact we will strongly oppose any legislation that prevents Americans from responsibly exercising their Second Amendment rights, including any attempt to prevent ownership of certain firearms or ammunition. As public officials we have a duty to ensure that criminals are punished for their acts of violence. But we will not sit idly by while law-abiding citizens are stripped of their constitutional rights and turned into criminals by an overreaching federal government."
I am carefully reading the president's proposed Executive Orders and proposed gun control legislation. I will do everything in my power to prevent any further restrictions on our right to keep and bear arms.