Hard Choices

Rep. Virginia Foxx

Posted January 23, 2013 8:45 p.m. EST

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. Virginia Foxx, a Republican who represents North Carolina's 5th Congressional district, did not answer the survey questions but offered a written statement:

"Just over one month has passed since the devastating tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut that cost the lives of twenty-six innocent people.

“Our national response must not be shortsighted as constitutional liberties are at stake. New laws will do us no good if they burden responsible gun owners and small businesses but fail to stop sick people before they turn to evil.

"But if bipartisan ideas are considered in Congress, per the separation of powers, and are carefully scrutinized for their effectiveness and constitutionality, I am hopeful we can arrive at a solution that protects the most innocent and vulnerable among us while honoring the foundational Second Amendment rights of millions of law-abiding American citizens.”


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