Heitkamp says Obama’s gun plan doesn’t go far enough

“My highest priority is, and always will be, protecting our children and securing our schools,” she said. “I do not believe that the President’s proposal was as broadly inclusive or exhaustive as the severity of this subject requires. We must have a serious assessment of mental health services available to families and communities. We must also do everything we can to identify potential perpetrators and prevent those individuals from ever taking the lives of innocent children. I believe that it is unnecessary to violate the Second Amendment to keep schools and children safe.”

Heitkamp added that she, along with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.VA), another moderate Democrat, would like to see the administration include the creation of a national commission on mass violence.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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