Dear Mr. XXXXXXXX
Thank you for contacting me to express your opposition to increased gun control measures in the wake of the tragedy at Virginia Tech. I appreciate hearing from you.
I was deeply saddened by the horrific events which occurred on the Virginia Tech campus on April 16, 2007, and you may be interested to know that the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, of which I am the Ranking Member, held a hearing on April 23, 2007, to address issues related to security preparations on college campuses across the nation.
During the hearing, my Senate colleagues and I heard from college administrators, campus public safety officials, and mental health counselors, who cited a number of measures being implemented to protect those who live, work, and study on college campuses. In addition, these witnesses put forth a number of recommendations aimed at making our campuses safer. These recommendations include providing additional resources to increase campus counseling services and an improved communications system to alert the campus community to security problems. I remain committed to making our institutions of higher education as safe as possible for our students, school personnel, and community at large.
Throughout my tenure in the Senate, I have consistently defended the Second Amendment, and I oppose the legislation that would restrict the right of law-abiding citizens to own guns
. I grew up in northern Main where responsible gun ownership is a part of the heritage of most families. Denying the rights of law-abiding citizens will not change the behavior of those who misuse firearms for criminal purposes
. Our laws should be directed toward those who misuse firearms , not law abiding citizens
, and you may be assured that I will continue to support the rights of responsible gun owners .
Again, thank you for contacting me.
Susan M. Collins
United States Senator