Santorum Statement on President Obama's Gun Control Recommendations

Verona, PA - Former Republican presidential candidate and Patriot Voices Chairman Rick Santorum issued the following statement in response to President Obama's gun control recommendations:

"President Obama's gun control recommendations fall far short in addressing the real issue here - putting an end to gun violence.  While the president did propose some reasonable measures, I'm disappointed, yet not surprised, to see so much emphasis on gun control and not enough on key contributors to mass shootings - mental illness and the impact of the entertainment industry's glorification of violence.   As a strong supporter of the second amendment,  I take issue with the Obama administration's effort to take more control of our lives on the gun issue, when we already have reasonable accommodations in place.  We have seen time and time again, when law-abiding citizens have used their legal firearms as a means of self protection; our government cannot stand in the way of that.   I come from a state with a rich heritage of hunting and fishing, and will fight to protect our right to bear arms for the sake of the freedoms we cherish as a nation.


"Karen and I want to offer our continued prayers to the victims and families of the Sandy Hook tragedy.  During a crisis such as this, we are reminded of our most important role as a society - the safety and security of our children."

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commented 2013-01-21 13:26:04 -0500 · Flag
“… our most important role as a society – the safety and security of our children.”

You not only do not understand the Constitution (see wnd article), you do not understand what it means to be a christian.
commented 2013-01-20 19:38:43 -0500 · Flag
Circumventing Congress and disregard for the Constitution iss in direct violation of the oath of office of the President of the United States, which he supposedly is agreeing to today, but obviously does not agree to in principal. on facebook
commented 2013-01-20 18:40:30 -0500 · Flag
Ok, we all know where Senator Santorum stands on the issue of gun rights. His statement was a brief but broad one which has left us nit-picking details and such not addressed therein. Remember, this was a statement, not an Op-ed. As a Santorum Conservative and supporter of Patriot Voices, I’d love to see Rick get his message out there via full panel discussions, debates, speeches, radio interviews, etc. wherein he can publicly elaborate full spectrum on issues like this.
commented 2013-01-18 07:36:21 -0500 · Flag
Isn’t the real issue here putting an end to the violence against children, period? Where is the outcry, the outrage, the sadness over the killing of over 54 million innocent, voiceless, helpless unborn children by abortion. Gun control? How about taking away the tools of the abortionists, including the law that allows them to perform these gruesome murders?
commented 2013-01-17 12:35:43 -0500 · Flag
When we are framing the debate, words matter. We must be clear and concise in the definition of the 2nd Amendment and it has nothing to do with hunting, that is an ancillary byproduct.
commented 2013-01-17 12:27:53 -0500 · Flag
All I’m simply saying is…we need to not bring up hunting when discussing the gun issue as it allows the left to muddy the waters. Don’t believe me? Look up any media video and they will almost all refer to hunting and the 2nd amendment in the same sentence as if they are somehow related – and they are not. They’ve been saying things like “No one hunts with an assault rifle. No one needs 10 bullets to kill a deer,”.

We’re on the same side here, all I’m saying here is that we just need to mind the words we use when speaking to the media about the 2nd amendment as they will be used against us to push public perception and acceptance of stricter gun laws.
commented 2013-01-16 23:16:38 -0500 · Flag
I didn’t say that hunting and fishing rights were referred to in the Constitution as 2nd Amendment rights for gun ownership and neither did Senator Santorum in his statement. Regardless of our reasons for owning guns, we have the right to own them, period. Senator Santorum said as much. He is speaking up for all gun owners, present and future, regardless of why we have and use them. He pretty clearly summed up our Founders’ intent of the 2nd Amendment in the fifth paragraph here:
commented 2013-01-16 21:02:25 -0500 · Flag
I know what you’re all saying, but Debbie is correct. The more we bring up hunting into this debate, the more the waters get muddied. We need to be clear each and every time we speak about the 2nd Amendment and why it’s there IMHO.
commented 2013-01-16 18:25:33 -0500 · Flag
I truly agree with this statement by Rick Santorum.

“Amendment II
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

If the government takes away our ability to bear arms then what will stop them from taking away more of our established privileges?
commented 2013-01-16 16:42:58 -0500 · Flag
This is a very brief statement by Senator Santorum in response to Obama’s actions, and he did address the right to defend one’s life. The mention of his state’s heritage of hunting and fishing is not a statement of his reasoning why we have 2nd Amendment rights. He’s just indicating the variety of reasons people own guns and that our freedoms cover them all, whether it’s for self defense,recreational, or hunting/sporting purposes.
commented 2013-01-16 16:03:41 -0500 · Flag
I think Mr. Santorum missed the mark on this one! The 2nd Amendment is in place to allow the people to secure their first unalienable right – LIFE. And to that end to guard against another government of tyranny. Thomas Jefferson said the beauty of the 2nd Amendment is that it is not needed until there is an attempt to take it away. That doesn’t sound like hunting to me!
commented 2013-01-16 15:34:32 -0500 · Flag
While I appreciate your thoughts, and agree with most of what you stated…It’s not able hunting and fishing. The 2nd Amendment doesn’t guarantee hunting rights….it was set in place to protect us from a tyrannical government.