State elected officials weigh in on gun legislation

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – United States Senator Mike Braun is touring Indiana while on a month long recess.

Tuesday morning he stopped by Terre Haute and was able to discuss hot button topics that may impact Hoosiers.

In light of the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, Braun was able to weigh in on gun legislation in our country.

“If we as Republicans and Conservatives and strong defenders of the Second Amendment don’t do common sense things you might regret it,” he explained. “Because things might get out of hand in a harsher way.”

Braun is suggesting legislation for more intense background checks.

“We need to see how you take background checks and prove it to where it prevents guns from getting into the hands of the mentally ill and criminals,” he said. “Without again making it overburdening for law abiding citizens.”

The House of Representatives has already passed bills to increase background checks, but the Senate has yet to take them up.

Congressman Larry Buchson also weighed in on the matter, reaching out in a statement that said, “When it comes to preventing senseless acts of violence, as a physician I believe that it’s important to treat the disease and not the symptoms. That means as a nation we must prevent individuals from turning to violence in the first place by improving access to mental health care and confronting the underlying glorification of violence that is unfortunately the norm in our culture today.”

Senator Todd Young also referenced the culture of our nation in a statement released on August 5, “Clearly we have multiple problems in this country- problems that hate, social alienation and the devaluing of human life- and we’re going to have to work together as a nation to address these challenges. I think Indiana has done a good job with respect to our red flag law and that’s something that needs to be part of the conversation moving forward across the country.”

President Donald Trump said he is in favor of background checks and he has spoken to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, he feels that something will be done.

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