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Cotton Statement on the Senate’s Votes on Gun Control Legislation

June 20, 2016

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt (202) 224-2353

Washington, D.C.- Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement on the Senate's votes on gun control legislation:

"Last week, a radical Islamic terrorist took the lives of 49 innocent people in the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since September 11th, yet Senate Democrats seem more interested in political games than protecting our national security. The bills they put forward would have done nothing to prevent the Orlando terrorist attack. And they would do nothing to deter those planning future attacks against the United States. If their intentions matched their rhetoric, they would have supported the common-sense bills offered by Senators Cornyn and Grassley today that make us safer and keep our constitutional rights intact.

"The largest and most pressing threat against Americans is not guns, it's terrorists who use guns. Disarming law-abiding citizens and trampling on their Second Amendment rights to defend themselves is the exact wrong response to terrorist attacks and violent criminals. Instead, President Obama and Senate Democrats should develop a real national security strategy to fight and defeat ISIS overseas and to protect Arkansans and Americans from the barbaric ideology of radical Islamic extremists."