GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- Following the tragic shooting at a Connecticut elementary school last week, the big issue on a lot of people's minds is what, if anything, should be done about gun policies in our country, and now political leaders are weighing in on the issue.
President Obama addressed the nation Wednesday, telling us he's ready to make gun control a top priority, and while other politicians around the country agree with the president, not everyone in our state is jumping on that bandwagon.
"The fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing," Obama said, five days after 20 children were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Obama announced a new task force headed by Vice President Joe Biden that will work to give immediate recommendations on how to reduce gun violence.
"What we're looking for here is a thoughtful approach that says we can preserve our second amendment, we can make sure that responsible gun owners are able to carry out their activities, but that we're actually going to be serious about the safety side of this,” the president said.
Here in Colorado, our own governor agrees, saying the time is now to have discussions about gun control.
"We can't postpone the discussion on a national level every time there is a shooting.,” Governor John Hickenlooper (D) said.
But not everyone agrees, including district 55 representative Ray Scott (R).
"We as citizens in this country have rights. Because there's a tragedy, we have to be careful with what we do. We can't overreach with anything we do based on a tragedy, and protecting the Second Amendment rights is very, very important," Scott said.
Wednesday, the media office for Congressman Scott Tipton also responded, releasing this statement to KKCO 11 News:
“Rep. Tipton believes that there will be a time for conversations on how to address the real issues behind these horrific acts. However, the time for policy discussion is not while our nation is mourning the victims who were taken away from us just days ago in a terrible tragedy.”
Even while calling for discussions on gun control, Gov. Hickenlooper is also asking Colorado residents to remember the victims from the Newtown tragedy, urging Coloradans to take a moment of silence on 9:30 a.m. Friday morning to remember the 26 people killed.