Local US Senator Mike Braun Speaks out Against Gun Violence

Dubois County (NNDC):

U.S. Senator Mike Braun released a statement about the shootings this weekend in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. 

Mike remarked that he and his wife Maureen are deeply troubled by the recent shootings in El Paso and Dayton, stating that there is no place for hate in our great country, our prayers are with the victims of this horrific event, and I commend the swift action from law enforcement and first responders.

Mass shootings and gun violence across our country is a complex situation; watching Congress do nothing is unacceptable, and I agree with for bipartisan legislation to address this crisis. Any bipartisan legislation needs to include stronger background checks, red flag laws known as extreme risk protection orders that address mental illness and commonsense solutions that complement the so we can crack down on modifications that turn guns into military assault weapons. Adding that steps that are responsive to a culture that glorifies violence which should not be tolerated.

He expressed that we live in the greatest country in the world, but the tone and destructive rhetoric across the ideological spectrum is tearing our country apart and we must return to a society that works towards finding common ground on issues. 

Further remarks included an Indiana law authorizing police to seize firearms possessed by a person deemed a danger to themselves or others could become a national model as leaders seek ways to prevent the next school massacre.   The Hoosier State is one of just a few in the nation to have such a law.   The 2005 Indiana statute was enacted by the Indiana General Assembly after a man who previously had displayed signs of dangerous behavior used a semi automatic rifle and two handguns to shoot five Indianapolis police officers, killing one. The law is named after Timothy ‘Jake’ Laird, the officer fatally shot.

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