Rep. Tom Reed on Tuesday began his weekly conference call with reporters by commemorating the memory of 23rd Congressional District resident Trevor Irby, who was killed by a gunman Sunday during the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California.

Irby, 25, was a native of Romulus, New York, and a Keuka College alumnus.

Reed, who represents the Greater Olean area in Congress, said he sent his thoughts and prayers to the memory of Irby and to Irby's family. 

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And Reed noted that in terms of gun violence reform, he is for prioritizing Congress funds for the treating of mental health as a medical condition and for pushing gun safety and that those priorities have been pushed forward in the Problem Solvers' Caucus. 

Reed said he is against convicted felons being given access to firearms, because such individuals already violated the Constitution and have lost their rights to Second Amendment freedom.

"Much of the gun violence that I see in the studies and reports that have come across my desk, especially inner-city gun violence, is perpetrated by known criminals with significant criminal convictions in their background," Reed said.  

Reed said that in his view, if the gun violence discussion is centered around the inanimate object, or gun, and not around the mental state of the perpetrators, it will be difficult to solve the problem. 

"If we're really serious about taking on this issue, we need to focus on how we address individuals," Reed said. "Maybe we can get somewhere to prevent these horrific events from happening in the future." 

He said that in his view, the abatement of gun rights is a political stance aimed at taking action for the sake of taking action, in order to show accomplishments that will not help tackle the root cause of the problem. 

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