Congressman Aaron Schock says the debate should not be about how many guns we should or should not have.
“Much of what’s being proposed by the Biden Commission would not have prevented the travesty in Connecticut,” says Schock. "So, I think the first question is 'Why are we doing this things?' and "What are we trying to do with these things?"
Vice President Joe Biden’s gun commission proposes to implement more widespread background checks, limit high-capacity ammunition magazines and ban certain assault-style rifles.
Schock contends the Connecticut school shooting is part of a mental health problem more than it’s part of a gun problem.
“I am advancing legislation in the House that’s taking on some of these mental health laws," says Schock. "I had a number of constituents in my district call me that have bipolar children … that said, ‘Look, we can’t get them institutionalized, we can’t get them the care that they need.’ There’s funding issues in the state and the like that you’re going to see need to become much more active in the next year.”
Schock says he’s working on legislation that would improve access to mental health care with Utah Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz.