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Kentucky leaders respond to President's gun control proposal

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - After a task force spent weeks gathering input President Obama announced Wednesday how he plans to act on their recommendations.

The President signed several executive orders and is urging Congress to toughen gun laws in the U.S.

Not everyone supports the President's plans to fight gun violence with more gun control. Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul said, he agrees something needs to happen in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, but went on to say, he doesn't agree with Obama's proposal that includes 23 executive orders that do not need Congressional approval.

"If he tries them through executive order, there will be a full scale debate in our country and it wouldn't be an easy task for him to try to do this unilaterally through executive order," Senator said.

Senator Paul said the President's proposal infringes on the Second Amendment and punishes responsible gun owners, not the bad guys.

"What happens a lot of times with gun control is the law abiding citizens who want to get a gun for protection can't get it, but do you think that the criminals out there are worried about the law? They're already breaking the law," the Senator explained.

On the other side of the issues stands, Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth, who during a recent appearance promised to support Obama and a comprehensive new package of gun control legislation.

"I have been largely silent on the issue of gun violence over the past six years, and I am now as sorry for that as I am for what happened to the families who lost so much," Rep. John Yarmuth said.

Referring to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut said 'doing nothing is not an option'.

"I will not be silent any longer," he said. The President's proposal includes universal background checks, reinstating the ban on assault weapons, creating stronger punishments for gun trafficking and increasing funding for mental illness.


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