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Reed Stands by Second Amendment in Wake of Las Vegas Shootings

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed (file photo) Credits: Lian Bunny

In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in American history, Rep. Tom Reed on Tuesday reiterated his support of the Second Amendment.

“The Second Amendment is a fundamental right,” Reed said during a conference call with reporters.

During the call, the congressman responded to questions about gun control by stressing there is not yet enough information available about the Las Vegas shooting. He also said he is averse to relying on government intervention, and he believes a greater focus should be placed on the individual rather than the weapon.

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Solving the underlying problem with the individual would be a good step forward, he added.

“We need to ask what motivates an individual to engage in this kind of behavior,” Reed, who represents the Greater Olean area in Congress, said.

When asked to comment on the amount of guns the alleged shooter had, Reed said that there was already an extensive background check system in place and that he did not want responsible citizens to lose their right to bear arms.

On the protocol for large public gatherings going forward, Reed was hesitant to suggest changes.

“You start blanketly changing our way of life. I’m sensitive to that,” he said.

Reed also briefly touched on the American response to the crisis in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

“FEMA (The Federal Emergency Management Agency) is doing a great job with the hand they’ve been dealt,” he said.

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