Typical politician talking out both sides of his ass.
Thank you for contacting me regarding gun violence and the 2nd Amendment. I appreciate hearing from you on this issue.
On May 25, 2018, I traveled to Noblesville, Indiana following a horrific shooting at Noblesville West Middle School. I met with law enforcement, state and local officials, and first responders to receive an update on the situation and the injured student and teacher. As a Hoosier and a father of four young children, I am heartbroken by the events that occurred that day. Our schools should be sanctuaries of learning where our children can learn, grow, and prosper. Never should the classroom be a place where our children – the future of this nation – feel concerned for their safety and never should our schools be a place where a student, teacher, or community member finds himself or herself in the line of fire.
It is unclear what motivates a young person to engage in such senseless violence, but we owe it to our children to find out. We must resolve to work together on this, to better understand this tragedy so that we can take lawful and effective measures to prevent this from happening again. Our children deserve no less.
As your Senator, I respect that Hoosiers have strong and diverse feelings on how to prevent gun violence while upholding 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans. I know we all share a common desire to prevent acts of gun violence. That’s why I have supported increased school safety, improved mental health services, common-sense fixes to criminal background checks, and increased penalties for illegal possession of guns.
In the 115th Congress, I helped introduce the Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act, which will help improve school safety infrastructure, resources, and procedures to prevent school violence. This bill was signed into law in March of 2018.
I also co-sponsored the Fix NICS Act to improve criminal background checks. This important bill holds federal agencies accountable if they do not report information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, encourage states to upload relevant records to the system, and prevent dangerous individuals from purchasing a firearm. This also became law in March of 2018.
Additionally, I have helped introduce two bills that did not become law during the 115th Congress. The School Safety and Mental Health Services Improvement Act seeks to improve mental health services for youth. The Protecting Communities and Preserving the Second Amendment Act imposes more severe penalties on individuals who attempt to illegally procure firearms, creates a task force to streamline federal prosecution of felons and fugitives attempting to buy guns, commissions a study on the causes of mass shootings, and authorizes grants for states and localities to secure schools.
I also support incentivizing states to adopt red flag laws, like the one in Indiana, which ensures those with potentially life-saving information have a place to report it and legal gun owners have due process to defend their rights.
As this debate moves forward, please be assured that I will continue to support efforts to prevent violence while upholding the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans.
Again, thank you for contacting me. It is an honor to represent you in the United States Senate.
United States Senator