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Updated: 12/21/2012 7:18 pm
Some of our local leaders are sounding off about the NRA's call for armed security inside schools. News 3's Marissa Mike has more on what they're saying. NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre's remarks drew quick reaction from lawmakers. Many were critical of the gun lobby's response. News 3 did a quick poll of the Nevada delegation in Washington, and top leaders here.

Many were critical of the gun lobby's response. We did a quick poll of the Nevada delegation in Washington, and top leaders here.

Congresswoman-elect Dina Titus’s Statement Regarding NRA Announcement

It is shameful that the NRA’s only solution involves more guns. School safety should certainly be studied and improved, but the Sandy Hook tragedy reflects a much larger problem that must be addressed by also reviewing our mental health laws and gun policy.

The NRA could be constructive if they participated in the Vice President’s task force rather than doubling down on their existing position regarding gun ownership.

-- Congresswoman-elect Dina Titus’s

Statement from Sen. Dean Heller

I am deeply saddened by the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. As a parent and grandparent, the loss of so many young boys and girls hits close to home and is especially heart-breaking. I know there are no words that can be offered to ease the pain, but my thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the victims and their family members. The reality is we are living in an increasingly violent culture which, when coupled with mental illness, can create a very dangerous situation. We should look to our Constitution for the principles that will help guide us as we search for answers in these increasingly difficult and complicated times.

– U.S. Senator Dean Heller

Satement from Congressman Steven Horsford

We have to do more to create a culture of safety instead of a culture of violence. As the father of a daughter in Kindergarten and two boys in public school, I approach this issue as a concerned parent. There is no one piece of legislation that will fix everything, but we owe it to our children and all Americans to have a serious dialogue about improving public safety.

I support the President’s decision to appoint Vice President Joe Biden to lead a gun-violence task force, efforts to reinstate the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004, and legislation that would close loopholes allowing individuals to purchase firearms without a background check.

Statement from the office of Congressman Joe Heck

Congressman Heck believes that the appropriate response to the tragic Sandy Hook shootings is to take a holistic approach that addresses the root causes and tools used to commit such atrocious acts. He is encouraged by the NRA's willingness to engage in that dialogue as we continue to seek ways to make our communities and schools safer places following the shocking events we witnessed in Newtown.

-- Greg Lemon, Press Secretary, Rep. Joe Heck



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