WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) issued the following statement today in response to President Barack Obama’s unveiling of stricter gun control policies:

“As the father of a young son and the grandfather to six young children, I was outraged and saddened by the Sandy Hook shooting. Unfortunately, the president's proposals today fundamentally fail to address ways that we can prevent tragic events like Sandy Hook, and instead, he's attempting to restrict the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans.

“We need to have a serious national discussion about preventing senseless acts of violence and protecting our children in their schools, and that should include finding ways to spend federal dollars more wisely when it comes to treating and identifying people who are mentally ill, and ensuring that we intervene before they do something that tragically impacts their lives and the lives of others.”

To view Senator Blunt’s op-ed on mental health in the Kansas City Star, please click here.

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