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Texas politicians respond to President’s plan to fight gun violence

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January 5, 2016, 1:09pm
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Press release from Sen. Cornyn's office

President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged the country and congress to tackle gun violence with more urgency, saying that executive actions won’t undo the last mass shooting but can help stop the next one.

“We do have to feel a sense of urgency about it,” the president said. “People are dying and the constant excuses for inaction no longer do.”

In an emotional speech that lasted nearly 40 minutes, the president several times invoked mass shootings that have taken place in the last two decades, with special attention to the “too many” that had led him to address the nation during his presidency.

The executive actions he outlined are aimed at expanding background checks during gun sales (including sales at gun shows and online), beef up enforcement of existing gun laws, try to improve care for the mentally ill and information-sharing to prevent them from buying guns, and boost gun safety technology.

Several Texas politicians were quick to respond to the President’s call for change, and his speech, which was at times aimed at Republican lawmakers and the National Rife Association, who he blamed for consistently blocking legislation he said would have made Americans safer.

“Like the rest of the nation I am saddened by the horrific acts of mass violence that have struck our communities, but the measures announced today threaten our constitutional rights and would not solve the problem” read a statement from U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX).

“An unwillingness to find common ground and achieve compromise has been a hallmark of this President’s tenure, and this issue is unfortunately no different. Rather than unilaterally impose a gun control agenda that’s unlawful and strips the constitutional rights of elderly Americans, the President should better enforce current law and work with Congress on legislation reforming our mental health system.”

“President Obama’s proposal to unilaterally thwart law abiding citizens’ Second Amendment rights is a blatant abuse of his executive authority” said lifelong NRA member U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX-32) in a prepared statement. “He has chosen to completely circumvent the legislative process, ignore the Constitution, and infringe upon the rights granted to each and every citizen of the United States by the Second Amendment. This is a misguided and unconstitutional power grab, and I will not stand for it.”

“Texas Democrats applaud President Obama for taking these common-sense steps to make our communities safer. The goal is simple: keep guns out of dangerous hands” said Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa.

“We can all agree on these three simple things: firearm purchases should require a thorough background check, people that can be a harm to themselves or others should not be able to easily access a weapon, and research on gun safety technology that prevents deaths ought to be implemented.”

“The Bill of Rights was added as a specific safeguard to prevent the federal government from denying Americans those guaranteed rights,” said Texas Governor Greg Abbott. “Today, the President trampled the purpose and substance of the Bill of Rights by unilaterally imposing Second Amendment restrictions. After failing to pass gun control measures through Congress, the President is yet again resorting to unilateral executive action in place of the democratic process. Despite the President’s latest attempt to undermine our liberty, Texas will take every action to protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.”

Your Opinions and Comments

Serious Thinker  
La Vernia  
January 5 at 6:56pm
Deci Murphy - you said it so much more eloquent than I did. I have calmed down and agree with your statement. I mute him or speed the recorded program up so I do not have to hear him or his mouthpieces. Planned Parenthood,... More ›

Deci Murphy  
Floresville, TX  
January 5 at 4:39pm
Tears over my right to buy whatever damn gun I want and can afford but not one tear for the hundred of thousands (yes check Planned Parenthood records) of black babies aborted! I don't watch him any longer and have never referred... More ›

Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
January 5 at 3:58pm
That was an award-winning theatrical performance. It was actually nothing but a speech to his political supporters. It was not a address worthy of an elected leader of this country. His voice was dripping with vitriol when he... More ›

Serious Thinker  
La Vernia  
January 5 at 3:23pm
I am trying to hold my tongue on this one so here goes. The person who resides in our White House is absolutely unbelievable. I have never seen him cry except when Aretha Franklin sang on the Honors Awards this month and there... More ›

Ben Hummel  
Stockdale, TX  
January 5 at 1:21pm
i would like one of our senators to say, i am tired of obama bypassing congress and illegally making his own "laws" each time congress will not pass one of his hair brained ideas. instead they always comment on whether... More ›

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