A spokesman for Rep. Renee Ellmers, who represents North Carolina's 2nd Congressional district, said the Republican does not answer surveys such as the one submitted by WRAL. However, she did offer the following statement:
"Our nation was shocked by the horrific events that unfolded in Connecticut last month. We were once again reminded that evil exists in our world and that, while human beings can accomplish great and powerful things, they can also be responsible for unspeakable horrors.
"We are still trying to grapple with the unimaginable horrors that continue to take place at the hands of people who have been isolated from society and live in a world of their own terrible delusions. This must continue to remain our mission - to protect our citizens and seek and rectify the root causes of these evil acts, rather than focusing on means by which they are accomplished.
"As a nurse and medical professional, I have seen countless struggles and the miracles of science that bring relief to the suffering. There is no action that will undo this tragedy or bring back the angels who entered the gates of heaven last December. We can however work together to ensure that good triumphs over evil and that every precaution is taken to curtail those who wish to do us harm. May God bless the victims of this nightmare and continue to offer hope and guidance as they struggle in the months ahead."