Posted January 23, 2013
In January 2013, WRAL News conducted a poll of 500 North Carolina residents on gun policy and related issues. Before results of the poll were released, we asked the state's 2 Senators and 13 House members to respond to some of the same questions.
Rep. Robert Pittenger, a Republican who Represents the 9th Congressional district, did not answer the survey questions one-by-one, but offered a written statement:
"Last year, various government agencies declined to prosecute 77,000 violations of our existing gun control laws. Instead of creating new laws, we need to work on better enforcing our existing regulations. We also need to provide families and local law enforcement greater resources in dealing with those who suffer from serious mental illnesses.
The only true and lasting solution is to work on the heart of our nation – to fight back against the glorification of violence in music, the movies, and other media. Only when our nation regains its moral footing will our children be truly safe."