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April 2, 2013

The political gun battle comes to Indiana

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"He's going to find out that this is a country of the people, by the people, and for the people and he can't spend enough of his [money] to try to impose his will on the American public," LaPierre said.

On Jan. 16, soon after President Obama unveiled gun reforms in the wake of Newtown, Donnelly said in a TV interview, "I'm a supporter of the 2nd Amendment and I am also a dad. I think it is absolutely critical our children know they can go to school and be safe and we can go to a workplace and be safe."

Asked about background checks, Donnelly said, "I think we can tighten those up. While we have 2nd Amendment rights, we have responsibilities."

Recently in Fort Wayne, Donnelly said, "I want to make sure that people with, say, a felony or dealing with mental illness cannot get their hands on weapons that can cause so much destruction. And so we're trying to put together a piece of legislation that will reflect that."

Sen. Coats, who has an "A" rating from the Indiana chapter of the NRA but whose 2010 Senate opponent (former U.S. Rep. Brad Ellsworth who received the NRA endorsement), reacted to President Obama's gun legislation on Jan. 16 by saying, "The Newtown shooting was a horrific tragedy that had an impact on all Americans but especially every parent, teacher, and student, and it is right for our country to reflect on how we can prevent such events in the future."

Coats added that 2nd Amendment rights need to be protected.

"Laws alone cannot eliminate all acts of violence," he said. "As Americans we need to examine a culture that increasingly glamorizes violence and determine how we can better identify and address mental illness in our society."

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