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In the nearly three months since the horrific murders in Newtown, Connecticut, we have seen politicians at all levels repeatedly drawing the wrong lessons from this tragedy--demanding more gun control. This reaction demonstrates, once again, why frantic and unfocused efforts to legislate away human nature do terrible harm to Kansans' God-given, Constitutionally-protected rights.

Despite the lack of evidence that additional gun laws would curb gun violence (let alone have prevented the murders in Newtown), the impulse to "just do something" takes over--and such impulses rarely result in good public policy.

In New York, for example, state legislators rushed through new gun restrictions with such abandon that they failed to exempt law enforcement officers. In Florida, a state legislator has proposed a bill that would require would-be ammunition purchasers to take anger-management classes. At the national level, Senator Diane Feinstein has introduced legislation that (among many other bad provisions) would prohibit law-abiding Americans from selling or passing down a wide range of "assault weapons" to their children.

Last week, I went to the House Floor to lay out my thoughts on such gun control legislation:

The bottom line is this: I am willing to take a hard look at any policy change that is consistent with the Constitution. I will not support any further restrictions on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Kansans. Our Founding Fathers considered the right to bear arms so important to maintaining a free republic that they included it in the Bill of Rights, and regarded gun ownership as a personal, fundamental right. I stand on the side of the Founding Fathers and will fight for that vision here in Washington, D.C.

It is my great privilege to serve as your Member of Congress, and it is my number one priority to represent you and the best interests of all Kansans. Please do not hesitate to call, write, or e-mail me in the future with any concerns or questions at the home office in Wichita at (316) 262-8992 or in Washington, D.C. at (202) 225-6216. I also encourage you to visit my website at for more information and to sign up for my e-newsletter updates at The website also provides links to my Facebook and Twitter pages, which help bring my work in Washington, D.C. home to you.


Mike Pompeo
Member of Congress

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