The response in Washington, D.C. to recent mass shootings has been polarizing.
“Well, I think the president has chosen to make this issue polarizing. It doesn’t need to be,” Congressman Adrian Smith tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Smith, a Republican, says he joined 35 colleagues in December who wrote President Obama once rumors surfaced about the proposed use of executive orders to tighten gun laws. Smith says the members of Congress wanted details about the proposal and the reasoning behind it. Smith says they never received a reply.
Smith calls the president’s action an overreach and one that is more disturbing, because it infringes on a constitutional right embodied in the Second Amendment.
He also says the president over-promises what effect the action might have.
“I don’t want the American people to think, well if Washington, D.C. just does more to restrict (guns) then all of the sudden these horrible situations would be prevented,” Smith says. “I’m not convinced of that.”
Fellow Republican, Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, says the president and Congress should have a conversation on how to better enforce existing laws.
“How they should be more robustly enforced. But that would take a trusting relationship between the Congress and the White House and we just don’t have one,” Fortenberry tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
Fortenberry says there is very little trust or communication between Obama and Congress.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]