Media Statement on New Texas Gun Violence Legislation

Last week’s tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut serve as a reminder that our country faces an epidemic that we have allowed to fester for far too long. There are many facets to the problem and our culture must do some serious self-reflection if we are to solve it. However we must not let the enormity of the problem allow paralysis to usurp leadership.

This is why today I’ve begun drafting legislation that requires training similar to that required to obtain a Concealed Handgun license before purchasing certain types of firearms, an outright ban on high-capacity clips and institute a corporate tax credit to fund a gun buyback program.

I support the Second Amendment. But there is still much we can do without encroaching on our right to bear arms. After all, let’s not forget that the Second Amendment refers to a “well-regulated militia.”

I think these common sense measures can, at a minimum, help reduce the number of guns on the streets in the hands of people who should not have them. Military arms that have nothing to do with self-defense, public safety, sport or any other practical matter that guns may be used for should be regulated.

I’m sure I’ll get plenty of nasty messages about this but there is nothing you can say that will mitigate the pain of the last few days, the memory of those innocent children in Newtown, and the need to address the situation here at home before it happens again.