U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today released the following statement after President Barack Obama announced his gun control plan:
"We all share the same goal of reducing gun violence and I will carefully review any legislation before Congress, but placing a heavier burden on responsible gun owners will do little to prevent troubled individuals from carrying out violent acts. The Second Amendment is very clear and so is my commitment to protecting the Constitutional right of law-abiding citizens to bear arms.
"As sound as their intent may be, the President has a responsibility to fully explain his unilateral executive actions because their implementation deals directly with the freedoms enshrined in our nation's founding documents.
"Our country must have an honest conversation about violence and how to prevent it. We should also strive to move past the easy talking points to address the glorification of violence in movies and video games, as well as our society's understanding of mental health care issues."