Congressman Bucshon (IN-08) stated, "President Obama offered broad recommendations today that lack specifics or real evidence that the actions he proposed will significantly reduce violence. I believe we need to have a broader conversation about the causes and cures of violence in our society. More emphasis should be placed on addressing mental health issues and how to get proper treatment for those who suffer from mental illness. We should be addressing the poor economic situation some of our citizens are in, as well as the illegal drugs epidemic we are facing, instead of playing politics. Creating new laws while we can't enforce the current laws is simply expanding Government for no reason.
"The founding fathers intended that legislation be passed through Congress with meaningful consideration and debate, not by the stroke of a single pen. I do not support the use of executive order in an attempt to bypass Congress on this issue or any other issue. As a member of Congress, I have an obligation to protect the rights of my constituents, and I intend to keep that obligation."