Sen. Deb Fischer says Congress must look beyond gun control if it wants to curb violence in America.
Fischer is skeptical of President Obama’s move to clamp down on the sale of guns.
“It’s an emotional response, I think, when people look at guns as the culprit,” Fischer tells reporters during a conference call.
During a White House ceremony on Wednesday, Obama signed 23 separate executive orders to curb what he called “the epidemic of gun violence in this country.”
In addition, Obama urged Congress to approve a ban on assault weapons and restrict high-capacity ammunition magazines. The president also wants to require universal background checks for all gun buyers.
Vice President Joe Biden, who chaired a presidential task force in wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut, spoke at the ceremony, stating “we have a moral obligation” to reduce the chances that such a tragedy occurs again.
Fischer says the issue of violence in America demands a broad view.
“I think we need to look at the culture that we’re living in,” Fischer says.
“The type of movies, the video games, mental health issues. It’s all tied together.”
Though Fischer advocates a comprehensive approach, she says legislation can pass Congress only step-by-step. She gives a big, comprehensive bill almost no chance of passage.
A White House fact sheet outlines the administration’s proposals. The president wants to reinstate and strengthen the assault weapons ban, limit ammunition magazines to 10 rounds, ban armor-piercing bullets and authorize research on gun violence.
The president has issued memos that require federal agencies to make data available to background-check systems and order federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.
Read more about the president’s plan by clicking here.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]