WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ander Crenshaw today (1/16) issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s proposed gun control policy, announced by the White House on Wednesday.

“A month has passed since 26 innocent lives were taken in the senseless killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Our hearts and prayers remain with the families and loved ones who continue to grieve, and all eyes turn to how we can prevent such a tragedy from ever happening again.

“As this horrific crime and other deadly incidents like it involving firearms are investigated, the policies, laws, and proposals around gun control, including President Obama’s new initiatives sit center stage in the national conversation.

“I think we can all agree: no one wants to see another needless, senseless death committed in this country with a firearm. Along the road to that goal, a complex and multi-layered debate over firearms, education, mental health, Second Amendment rights, and more is unfolding.

“Everyone, including Congress, has a role to play in preventing another Newtown from ever happening again, and I look forward to carefully analyzing this proposal. Moving forward, my long-time support for Second Amendment rights remains firm. Furthermore, any substantial and comprehensive legislative changes to gun control policy must be weighed by the full United States Congress, rather than passed piecemeal and unilaterally by executive order.”