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Murphy Reacts to President's Gun Control Proposals

Rep. Tim Murphy says the underlying cause for tragedies like Newtown's is untreated or undertreated mental illness.

Following President Barack Obama's announcement on what he wants to see changed in the wake of the Newtown mass shooting, Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Upper St. Clair), who represents Peters Township, issued the following statement:

With the President’s policy recommendations now released, Congress can begin the legislative process of reviewing these proposals with a shared goal of preventing tragedies like Newtown from occurring again. I am approaching this effort with the seriousness the families of Newtown, indeed all families across the nation, deserve from their elected officials and will examine all aspects of the President’s recommendations.

But the underlying cause in mass tragedies like Newtown is that the perpetrator had an untreated or undertreated mental illness. I had hoped for more from the President in this area so I am going to be relentless in embarking on a meaningful effort to gather information, determine the causes, identify the treatments, and make sure all federal dollars on mental health are spent effectively because it's not just what is in a person's hand that makes the act violent, it is what's in his mind.

Some of the main legislative proposals backed by Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are:

  • requiring criminal background checks on all gun sales, including private sales    
  • banning "military-style" assault weapons    
  • limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds      
  • strengthening penalties for gun trafficking

Watch the video above to hear the President's entire plan.

What do you think about President Obama's gun control proposals? What do you think about Rep. Murphy's response? Tell us in the comments below.

JR January 17, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Kudos to Tim Murphy for illustrating the real problem.
S. V. January 17, 2013 at 07:05 PM
I agree with the President on THIS matter. I also agree mental illness is also an issue that needs to be added to this. THere is no need for someone to have these assault weapons, really. I know in the past that our country has had very high stats compared to other countries in this regard. Our methods are NOT working!! Also I AM VERY concerned over how lobbies like the NRA have such control over our politician. Most of which have this high rating from the NRA and they contribute such sums to their campaigns is just so wrong....call it whatever you want it's a pay off. S
Roger January 18, 2013 at 12:37 AM
S.V. give us how each of the 23 proposals will help curb gun violence? Which of the proposals would prevent the shooting on E Carson St last Saturday night? Which one would have prevented the parking lot shooting in Washington a few weeks ago? Which one would have prevented the shooting death in Pittsburgh last Friday night? Are the 300M guns now existing going to disappear tomorrow? I agree the NRA has a strong lobby effort. Other industries have very strong lobby efforts as well. Why do you think we have so much Fed money flowing to "green" projects, such as Solyndra, Fiskers, GE Wind division, etc.? In this case, the NRA is curbing a knee-jerk reaction of politicians to the actions of one 22 year old man in Newtown CT. Six weeks ago, few had even heard of Newtown CT. Meanwhile, the financial matters of our nation are put on hold. Today's poll shows 6% of the population are concerned about gun violence, 35-40% are concerned about debt reduction, and 40% are concerned about runaway spending. The people's business in Wash DC is about getting our fiscal house in order. Some politicians are leveraging the Newtown CT incident so that the fiscal matters get pushed further down the timeline. It is easy to do the high-profile tasks that will have no impact on our nation, at the expense of doing the tough tasks of deficit reduction, spending cuts, entitlement reform. These are not (D) or (R) matters. These are American, national matters.
Roger January 19, 2013 at 02:45 PM
S.V., ... still looking for your answers. Thank you.
Susan Earley January 22, 2013 at 02:12 AM
The problem with trying to deal with the mental health issues are many.....there are privacy laws to protect an individual's health records......and until someone does something illegal... I doubt that a mental health diagnosis is going to work as far as restricting gun ownership....what if they want to hunt? that is a legitimate reason to won a gun...mental ill or not. It has been my understanding that until a crime is committed...nothing can be done about concerns over mental states.....other than file a complaint with a local agency and those actions are limited in what they can do as well. Less guns...less violence.....no one needs a semiautomatic to hunt anything other than well......people. Military and law enforcement are the only ones who should have such weapons.

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