Is Senator Blunt caving on our Second Amendment?

It is a reasonable question to ask. Recently I contacted Senator Blunt regarding his stance on our Second Amendment rights. An increasingly popular answer to such inquiries seems to be screening for the “mentally disabled”. It sounds reasonable at first but ask yourself this question; Who decides who is mentally competent? Is it the government? Many veterans return with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress) upon returning home from the military. Does this mean they are not mentally stable enough to own a firearm?  It seems a little hypocritical to possibly deny veterans the right to own a firearm after they have risked their lives defending that very right! Below is the response I received from Senator Blunt. I will let you, the reader come to your own conclusion-Editor

Thank you for contacting me regarding the rights of gun owners.

As you may know, I am a strong defender of our Second Amendment rights. The right of law-abiding citizens to own firearms is an individual right guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the Constitution and broadly interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court. Our Founders clearly understood that one of the most basic rights of Americans is the ability to defend themselves and their families.

In light of the terrible tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, there have been calls for immediate action to address gun control. I do believe it is important that we have a serious national discussion about preventing these senseless acts of violence and protecting our children in their schools. Equally important, however, is an effort that more broadly addresses ways to spend federal dollars more wisely when it comes to treating and identifying those who are mentally ill as well as intervening before they tragically impact their own lives and the lives of others.

There are no easy answers here. I continue to believe that a weapons ban does not fix the issue. Whatever we do, it must be consistent with the Constitution.

I appreciate your thoughts and will continue to support legislation that safeguards our Second Amendment rights, encourages safe and responsible gun ownership, and keeps our homes and families safe.

Again, thank you for contacting me. I look forward to continuing our conversation on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SenatorBlunt) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/RoyBlunt) about the important issues facing Missouri and the country. I also encourage you to visit my website (blunt.senate.gov) to learn more about where I stand on the issues and sign-up for my e-newsletter.

Sincere regards,

Roy Blunt
United States Senator

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I am just an average blue collar American who works hard and tries to be a good dad. I have a passion for history, music and freedom.

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