Schwartz Releases Statement Following President’s Speech

U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-13, released statements following the President’s speech on gun control yesterday; the NRA weighed in on the President's speech as well.


Schwartz supported President Obama’s recommendations in a written statement:

Now is the time for us to take action to end the senseless loss of life that occurs almost daily across our country due to gun violence.

I applaud President Obama and Vice President Biden for reaching out to the many factions in this debate and calling for meaningful action to reduce gun violence. I strongly support the President’s proposal announced today, which represents a comprehensive plan to keep guns out of the wrong hands, increase gun safety, and prevent future acts of gun violence.

While President Obama took executive action today to reduce gun violence, there is still more work to be done to ensure our communities, our children and our schools are safe. I pledge to do all I can to ensure that Congress takes action now, not only for those who tragically lost their lives in Newtown, but for all the victims of gun violence in this country.

The NRA released the following statement:

The NRA will continue to focus on keeping our children safe and securing our schools, fixing our broken mental health system, and prosecuting violent criminals to the fullest extent of the law.  We look forward to working with Congress on a bi-partisan basis to find real solutions to protecting America’s most valuable asset – our children.

Attacking firearms and ignoring children is not a solution to the crisis we face as a nation.  Only honest, law-abiding gun owners will be affected and our children will remain vulnerable to the inevitability of more tragedy.

Michael Curtis Sr January 19, 2013 at 08:05 PM
wanting any type of weapon to defend myself, your not getting the point. simi autos have been around for decades with different size mags.. I grew up around firearms, weapons. I was a hunter a long time ago. Responsibility is part of owning a weapon. There are so many that don't take that responsibility. It is not your or my fault that Congress gutted the ATF. I agree with you on responisble people should have weapons to be able to defend themself. I don't want rocket launchers, don't want a tank. I want to be able to defend my self with the abllity as that next person. I hope they catch all the illegitimate sellers and lock them away for decades. Auto's are against the law, as you ponted out, people can get them. That's part of the problem. Putting mag limit for the law abiding citizen against the law breaker is just plain wrong. Yes, what happened was a very bad tragedie. The government needs to take a look at stats and see where the problem seats and not do a blanket law. Every weapons owner I know are very responsible people. Pennsylvania has no uniform training for someone who buys a weapon like other states do. That too is a problem. I understand where your coming from Mr. Finnick. Hope you understand my point of view as well.
Joseph Finnick January 19, 2013 at 10:27 PM
You are talking a bit more sane, but I see no problem with magazine limits or an assault rifle ban. I don't think the ban will pass, but if they were never legal (as with other types of guns) than presumably you would have no problem now with keeping them illegal. In terms of the magazine limits you can go get the same number of bullets and unless a small army is planning on attacking you, a smaller magazine should be adequate for your defense. In either case, these have to pass Congress, not just the President's request, so I believe neither will actually pass, though I support them. The real point of Obama's speech was his executive orders, which have nothing in them about taking guns out of the hands of responsible people like yourself.
Andy Curshen January 21, 2013 at 05:56 PM
The second amendment as it is written is totally inapplicable to today's world and should be scrapped, every word. Lunatics like wayne lapierre and his ilk hide behind this badly worded and inapplicable ammendment. Guns should be made difficult to get as in civilized countries. Only single shot guns should be available to the general public. There should be a 30 day waiting period and referrals from at least 3 non family members who have known the applicant 3 years or more. I welcome more suggestions as to how to make it even more difficult to own guns.
Curmudgeon January 21, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Thanks Andy for your insight. Freedom of Speech as written in the Consitution applies only to Political Speech. Let's scrap your right to give an opinion on anything that requires intellegence. But you can run for King when Obama decides to leave.
Joseph Finnick January 21, 2013 at 09:21 PM
Not saying I don't agree with you about the 2nd Amendment, but the text of the 1st Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. This makes no reference to political speech. Also, Obama has done nothing "Kingly." If you want to talk expansion of presidential power you should check George W. Bush, FDR, and Lincoln. All did much more to expand the office of the president than Obama has during his first term or will during his second.


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