LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY)- Republican Congressman Clay Higgins says the culture that defines America is suffering while the country is divided about how to respond. Higgins says he’s shocked and prays for the victims of both shootings. “I’m heart broken just as an American, as a patriot, as a veteran and as a police officer.”
The congressman comments on statements about the need for more stringent gun regulations in particular the expansion of laws surrounding background checks. Higgins questions whether lawmakers need to take such actions. “Easy access to weapons has decreased as we see the increase in these shootings.”
In terms of President Donald Trump and claims the president’s rhetoric and tweets incite violence? Higgins says history is not without controversial voices. “There’s always been those who will say controversial things in our nation throughout history that citizenry was exposed to and yet we didn’t have mass shootings,” Higgins added.
The congressman calls the shootings a manifestation of evil and a reflection of culture breaking down in principal, family and in managing the challenges of mental health.
Democratic Louisiana Congressman Cedric Richmond issued a statement:
Over the weekend, our nation faced back to back tragedies that should have never taken place. It’s a shame we live in a country that has banned plastic straws yet has made assault weapons more accessible than obtaining a Visa. I have long supported legislation that would save more lives by placing more provisions on the access of guns and increasing background checks. I am a firm believer that where there’s the will, there’s a way. It’s time for Mitch McConnell to bring the bills we passed in the House to the floor of the Senate. I will continue doing my job in Congress to ensure all Americans feel safe and welcome.”