Senator McCain and Gun Control

A friend of mine recently wrote to the senior senator from Arizona regarding his anticipated “reaching out” to the other side on gun control. The senator’s response is clearly a form letter, so I am not revealing privileged information by reproducing it here. My response follows.

Thank you for contacting me regarding the Tucson shooting tragedy and its impact on federal gun control legislation. I appreciate hearing from you on this vital issue.

On January 8, 2011, a gunman committed a senseless atrocity by murdering six people and wounding many others, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, outside of a grocery store in Tucson. While the legal proceedings are in the early stages, the inhumane and depraved actions of this individual appear to be motivated solely by an extremely disturbed mental state, and not by the influence of any particular political party, agenda, or actor.

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