Gun Controlby Representative John A. Yarmuth
Posted on 2013-01-23
YARMUTH asked and was given permission to address the House for
Mr. YARMUTH. Mr. Speaker, after the massacre of 20 children and six
educators in Connecticut, we've heard the predictable rantings of
people who are convinced beyond all reason and evidence that the
Federal Government intends to take their guns away.
I am sad that they have succumbed to the fear-mongering of the National Rifle Association and others who really only want to sell more guns. It's more than sad. Frankly, it's dangerous when a government leader stoops to the same fear-mongering for political purposes.
Last week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign sent out an email titled, ``Watch out. They're Coming for Your Guns.'' Among the email's dishonest claims was this blatant distortion: President Obama is spelling out the 23 different executive orders he will take to get your guns.
Those 23 executive actions are so modest that even gun rights activists have said they have no problem with them. In fact, many of them reflect proposals made by the NRA.
Even if we give Senator McConnell the benefit of the doubt as to whether he actually knew what his campaign manager was putting out, he is responsible, as we all are, for what our employees do in our name. I call on Senator McConnell to apologize to his supporters, some of whom are my constituents, for stoking totally irrational and unjustifiable fear.