GOP Sen. Attacks Obama For Politicizing Newtown Shooting

Moments after President Obama delivered remarks on gun violence Thursday in which he pleaded with Congress not to let the Newtown, Conn. school shooting go forgotten, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued a rebuttal.

“The proposals the president is calling for Congress to pass would primarily serve to reduce the constitutionally protected rights of law-abiding citizens while having little or no effect on violent crime,” Lee said in a statement. “It is deeply unfortunate that he continues to use the tragedy at Newtown as a backdrop for pushing legislation that would have done nothing to prevent that horrible crime.”

Lee, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, recently warned that he would join a filibuster against any legislation seeking to expand background checks or ban high-capacity magazines and assault weapons.

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