BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - President Barack Obama is proposing the most sweeping gun control legislation in our generation. It include new gun laws that would require action from Congress.
The Louisiana Congressional Delegation has chimed in on what they think about the proposal.
"My record of support for the Second Amendment is strong. In Louisiana and many places across the country, hunting, target shooting and gun collecting are time-honored sports and popular hobbies.
"That said, last month's tragedy in Newtown, Conn., has become all too familiar. We must find a way to balance our Second Amendment rights with the challenges of mental illness, criminal behavior and the safety of our schools and communities. We must also enforce the rules already on the books. Even some of the most respected law enforcement leaders in our country are calling for common sense reforms because of this terrible violence in our communities.
"This isn't a Republican or a Democratic issue. It's an American issue. And the American people expect us to come together and act. The safety of our children, our communities and our nation depend on it. I look forward to reviewing the proposals put forth by the administration and will give them my serious consideration as they are brought for debate in the Senate."
-U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D)
"The top two questions I'll be asking about the Obama anti-gun proposals are simple: Do they infringe on the second amendment, a fundamental individual right, in any way? And will they be truly effective in reducing violence?" Vitter said. "If Obama himself asked these questions, I think we'd be hearing a lot more about school security, mental health intervention, and voluntary anti-violence standards for Hollywood and its video game industry."
-U.S. Senator David Vitter (R)
"Congressman Cassidy fully supports the 2nd Amendment Rights of law abiding Americans to own guns."
- Statement from Office of Congressman Bill Cassidy (D)
"I commend the President and Vice President for taking action to address this appalling national issue that has plagued our schools and communities. Regardless of our position on gun ownership, we all have a moral obligation to reduce the broader epidemic of gun violence in this country. These senseless shootings must stop. Our actions moving forward will have a lasting impact on the safety of our families and communities, whether it's in Colorado, Connecticut or Louisiana. I am committed to working with our President, Vice President, the House and the Senate to debate his recommendations."
I urge my colleagues in Congress to join me in standing with the President to approve legislation that invests in our mental healthcare system, institutes more rigorous background checks for gun ownership and places a ban on assault rifles and high-capacity magazines.
I call on all Americans, including hunters and sportsman in the great state of Louisiana, to join the national effort to protect our communities. The safety of our families, our sons and daughters, comes above all else. These tragedies are our responsibility and must be our task to eradicate."
- Statement from Office of Congressman Cedric L. Richmond