Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after President Obama laid out his proposal to help curb gun violence.

Written by Theresa Rose on January 5, 2016

“As a native Iowan, I was raised with an appreciation for Iowa’s hunting traditions and am a strong supporter of our Second Amendment rights. I believe that improving our background check system can help to address the safety of our communities while also protecting those Second Amendment rights.

“I have long advocated for an increased investment in mental health services so that people who are struggling with mental health issues can get the treatment that they need. I am pleased to see the new $500 million investment in mental health outreach, the behavioral health workforce, and treatment options, and Congress should act swiftly to approve this funding request. The bottom line for me is that as a grandparent and a former educator married to a teacher, I believe our kids must be safe in school and I want Iowa communities to continue to be a great place to live and raise a family.”