Con to the question "Should More Gun Control Laws Be Enacted?"
"I think a well-armed family is a safe family; a well-armed America is a safer America. I think if you look at anything, from all of these attacks that have taken place, is if people actually had had weapons there those attacks would have been thwarted and people's lives would have been saved.
In fact, there are millions of lives that are saved in America every year, millions of instances where gun owners have prevented crimes and stopped things from happening because of having guns at the scene…
You know, everybody romanticizes the O.K. Corral and all the horrible things that happened, but gun crimes were not very prevalent back then. Why? Because people carried guns. And, you know, the folks who use guns in the commission of crimes are cowards. And if you look at going to theatres, they went to a theatre in Aurora, Colorado, that they knew, you know, you could go there and no one else was going to be there with a gun.
If we are a country where the criminal doesn't know whether someone has a gun or not, they're going to think twice about opening fire or not because they won't be able to accomplish what they want. It's a wrong-headed approach that somehow or another, if we take guns away from people, law-abiding people who want to protect themselves, that the world's going to be safer. In fact, just the opposite is the case."
"Face the Nation Transcripts April 27 2014: Netanyahu, Blinken, McCaskill, Corker," www.cbsnews.com, Apr. 27, 2014
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Involvement and Affiliations:
Founder, Patriot Voices (political action committee), June 2012-present
Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
Candidate for US President, 2012
Contributor, FOX News, 2007-Mar. 2, 2011
Chair, Senate Republican Conference, 2001-2007
US Senator (R-PA), Jan. 3, 1995-Jan. 3, 2007
US Representative, 18th Congressional District (R-PA), Jan. 3, 1991-Jan. 3, 1995
Director, Pennsylvania State Senate Transportation Committee 1984-1986
Administrative assistant, Pennsylvania State Senator J. Doyle Corman, 1981-1986
Admitted to the bar in 1986 and commenced practice in Pittsburgh, PA
Director, Pennsylvania State Senate local government committee, 1981-1984
JD, Dickinson School of Law, 1986
MBA, University of Pittsburgh, 1981
BA, Political Science, Pennsylvania State University, 1980