Senator says President should not infringe on second amendment
Louisiana Senator David Vitter says he has two questions today as the President unveiled his proposals to reduce gun violence.
"The top two questions I'm 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 standards for Hollywood and its video game industry," the senator added.
The president announced the measures today at a White House event that brought together law enforcement officials, lawmakers and children who wrote the president about gun violence following last month's shooting of 20 young students at a Connecticut elementary school.
His broad effort to reduce gun violence includes proposed bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, as well as more than a dozen executive orders aimed at circumventing congressional opposition to stricter gun controls.
The expansive package also includes efforts to stop bullying and boost availability of mental health services.
Congress would have to approve the bans on assault weapons and ammunition magazines holding more than 10 bullets, along with a requirement for universal background checks on gun buyers.