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Last night, I voted against the gun control bill before the United States Senate.

Senseless acts of violence that result in the loss of innocent lives cannot be tolerated. However, infringing on Americans’ constitutional rights is not the answer to the challenges before us.

This bill’s weak due process protections and its provisions to funnel federal tax dollars towards facilitating state-level gun confiscation orders – so-called ‘red flag laws’ – will erode citizens’ Second Amendment rights.

Violent crime has no place in our communities, and we should continue to work toward solutions that keep schools and communities safe while upholding the rights of the American people.