Rep. David B. McKinley (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement in response to Wednesday's White House news conference, in which President Obama outlined 23 steps he would take to curb gun violence through legislation and Executive actions.
"Limiting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens will not change the behavior of those determined to use firearms to commit horrific crimes," said McKinley. "The President chooses to ignore this while abusing executive power and avoiding the legislative process."
"Today, I joined other House colleagues and sent a letter to the President saying, ‘we strongly oppose any legislation that prevents Americans from responsibly exercising the Second Amendment rights, including any attempt to prevent ownership or certain firearms or ammunition,' " McKinley said.
McKinley also stated that we, as a nation, should make decisions carefully and thought out.
"There are no easy solutions to gun violence; and we should not respond rashly or try to politicize any tragedy," he said. "Unfortunately, President Obama's approach infringes on the Second Amendment rights of responsible gun owners rather than focusing on the underlying cause of gun violence. We need to enforce the gun laws already in place and review existing laws, change how government and society deal with mental illness, and address violence in popular culture."