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Congressman Tom Marino

Representing the 10th District of Pennsylvania

Marino Statement on President’s Executive Order on Firearms

January 5, 2016
Press Release

Washington D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s announcement of a new executive order to control firearms:

“Unfortunately President Obama only knows one way to address tough issues in America: divide, divide, divide. While Americans are united against violence and the senseless loss of life, the President’s plan is empty. It just adds more federal workers and shuffles around spending accounts when, in fact, the systems in place are working and his Administration should do a better job of using existing resources and enforce the laws on the books.

However, if he wants to get serious about this issue, why then, has he not offered to work with Congress on serious mental health proposals? Why then, has he ignored the well-respected FLEOA’s (Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association) advice to pass laws which address the root cause of these tragedies – mental illness? The truth is, he has had seven years to work with Congress and failed to do so. The reason for this failure is his disinterest in working within his Constitutional constraints.

We all know it is an election year and the President is in campaign mode. I, and my Congressional colleagues, are not interested in partisan distractions. Instead, we continue to advocate for solutions that preserve the Second Amendment, increase safety, address mental illness and protect our liberty.”