Dear Mr. MaddMedic:
Knowing of your interest in Second Amendment rights, you may be interested in the president’s remarks regarding these issues in his State of the Union address last night.
I want you to know of my continued commitment to ensuring safe learning environments for our nation’s children, as well as protecting the Constitutional right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. Last night, the president reiterated his call on Congress to act to pass legislation imposing restrictions on gun ownership. Like you, I am concerned with the president’s approach to addressing gun violence.
To effectively deter gun violence we must enforce our existing gun laws and recognize that often tragedies involving guns are related to issues of mental health and mental illness. In 2008, I supported the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. Since the enactment of this legislation, federal law now requires that when an insurer chooses to cover mental health and substance use disorder services, they must offer coverage of those services at parity with medical and surgical services.
I am pleased to see the president agrees that protecting the nation’s children is a priority for Minnesotans and all Americans. As Chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, I recently launched a careful review of programs and policies under our jurisdiction to determine what is and is not working when it comes to school safety. To learn more about these efforts, please visit the House Education and the Workforce Committee website.
I look forward to leading a committee hearing in the coming weeks to examine school safety and ways to protect our children, and call on the administration to help us reach our shared goal of greater safety for our nation’s students by providing us critical information about its safety recommendations as soon as possible.
As your representative in Congress, I will continue to carefully review any proposals that will impact your Second Amendment rights. To receive additional updates on legislative activity and my efforts on your behalf in Congress, please visit my website here.
Member of Congress
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