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January 16, 2013

Coburn, Mullin and Inhofe oppose Obama gun plan

CLAREMORE — U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, M.D., Sen. Jim Inhofe and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK)  each released statements regarding President Obama’s gun control proposals following the tragic events that took place in December at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. 

“The president is right to examine what can be done to prevent tragedies such as Sandy Hook from occurring again.  I commend his effort and look forward to working with him on areas of agreement while we continue to honestly debate areas of disagreement.  For instance, the president is right to take steps to strengthen mental health databases and reporting to the NICS system so we can ensure that guns do not end up in the hands of criminals or those who are a threat to themselves or others.  In the hands of a deranged person, a clip size of one is one too many. Still, states are primarily responsible for enacting measures to improve reporting to the NICS system,”  Coburn said.  He took a democratic approach to the discussions adding that he would welcome the debate or discussion in Congress.
“However, as we debate these measures, we first must ensure our constitutional rights and individual liberties, including the Second Amendment right to bear arms, are protected.  Instead of repeating the failed policies of the past, Congress should work on thoughtful and constitutional ways to prevent unspeakable tragedies like this from happening again.  The fact that almost every public mass shooting tragedy occurs in a place where guns are prohibited shows that restricting Second Amendment rights tends to disarm everyone but the assailant. 
Inhofe and Mullin agree with Coburn in the effort to protect the rights of Oklahomans, but are taking a more direct approach to the President’s actions.
 “While we mourn with those who have lost loved ones, in no way should the actions of those few who act illegally impact the constitutional rights of the many,” said Inhofe.  “I will continue to strongly oppose any effort to undermine the Second Amendment and an individual citizen’s right to keep and bear arms.”

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