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Ky. and Ind. leaders issue statements following President Obama's speech on gun control

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Several area government leaders are issuing statements following President Barack Obama's speech on Tuesday concerning gun control.

Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senate Majority Leader and Kentucky Senator, said:

“In the wake of the President’s vow to ‘politicize’ shootings, it’s hard to see today’s announcement as being about more than politics. The President has overseen a dramatic drop in prosecutions related to the enforcement of gun laws already on the books, and his party recently voted once again to defeat a Senate measure to increase those prosecutions.

“The people’s elected representatives in Congress will oversee these latest actions to determine whether they follow federal law and the Constitution. But there is another point here as well. At a time when the American people are looking to the Commander in Chief to provide real leadership in countering terrorist threats from ISIL and Al Qaeda, what Americans seem to get instead are lectures, distractions, and attempts to undermine their fundamental Second Amendment rights.”

Senator McConnell spoke further on the issue on Tuesday saying, "Executive actions on gun control are not appropriate. I don't think what he's doing is going to have any impact on the problem."

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, who is a candidate for the Republican nomination for Indiana’s 9th Congressional District seat, said:

“As Attorney General I have fought the overreach of the federal government and constitutionally questionable executive actions of the Obama Administration so I will be working with my colleagues around the country to review any executive orders that may infringe upon the 2nd Amendment rights of individuals in the United States.

“President Obama fails to realize that he has no credibility on the subject of guns. His constitutionally questionable executive actions only reinforce the fear among some that he seeks to limit their rights guaranteed under the 2nd Amendment as evidence by the rise in sales of guns and ammunition.”

Indiana Congressman Luke Messer said: 

"The President’s proposals today will do little, if anything, to curb gun violence in this country.  Instead, his proposed executive actions will infringe on the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens and circumvent the balance of power established by our Founding Fathers.  

“Gun violence is a serious problem in this country.  And, we need serious proposals to curb it—proposals that address the root causes of gun violence while protecting the rights of responsible gun owners.  We cannot allow the political agenda of one person to subvert the Constitution, and you can be sure that I will continue to fight to stop that from happening.”

U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield (KY-01) said: 

“President Obama’s plan to circumvent Congress and implement more gun control measures on his own is yet another example of his disregard for the Constitution. This president’s consistent pattern of executive overreach is shameful, but not surprising based on his past seven years of failed leadership.

“Our Founding Fathers clearly spelled out the right to bear arms with the Second Amendment and the president has no business unilaterally pushing his agenda on law abiding citizens. I expect this power grab to be challenged in the courts and will continue my efforts in Congress to defend American liberties.”

Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) said:

“Once again, President Obama is trying to sidestep Congress and legislate from the executive branch. These unconstitutional executive actions disregard the separation of powers and infringe on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans. I oppose any effort that infringes on these constitutional rights and will work with my colleagues to ensure our Constitution is respected.”

Robert Vane, a spokesperson for the Indiana Republican Party, said:

President Obama again today showed his blatant disregard for the Second Amendment with his executive action to limit the sale of guns at gun shows and by law-abiding citizens. Given another chance, does Democrat gubernatorial candidate John Gregg finally stand up for Hoosiers from another Washington, D.C. attack? Earlier this year, John Gregg amazingly remained silent when President Obama blamed Hoosiers for Chicago’s massive crime problem. Again and again, on Indiana’s most important issues, he has said 'no comment.' What will he say about President Obama’s latest imperial overreach?”

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