Introduced Version House Resolution 18 History

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(By Mr. Speaker, Mr. Thompson, and Delegates Anderson, Armstead, Ashley, Barill, Boggs, Caputo, Cowles, Diserio, Eldridge, Ellem, Ellington, Espinosa, D. Evans, Ferns, Ferro, Gearheart, Hamilton, Hamrick, Hartman, Howell, Jones, Lane, Marcum, Miley, Miller, Moore, Morgan, Moye, E. Nelson, J. Nelson, O'Neal, Pasdon, Perdue, Perry, Pethtel, R. Phillips, Raines, Shott, Skaff, Sobonya, Stowers, Sumner, Swartzmiller, Tomblin, Walker, White and Williams)

[Introduced March 6, 2013]

Calling upon the United States Congress to preserve the United State's Constitutional Second Amendment Rights of our citizens and to address the greatest cause of acts of mass violence, mental illness.
   Whereas, Our nation has recently suffered from various acts of mass murder, most notably the tragedy of December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School; and,
   Whereas, Law abiding citizens are not an issue; and
   Whereas, Millions of Americans own firearms and do so safely, responsibly and legally; and
   Whereas, Law abiding citizens should not be punished for the crimes of evil people; and
   Whereas, The investigative research of these tragic events most often leads us to the underlying cause being linked to mental illness and not law abiding gun ownership; and
   Whereas, The real issue, the real threat, is dangerous criminals and the seriously mentally ill who need supervision and treatment; and
   Whereas, Violent behavior by individuals suffering from various forms of mental illness is the true issue that warrants the focus of our nation's President and Congress; and
   Whereas, West Virginia is a state that strongly supports the Second Amendment rights of the United State's Constitution and the rights found in Article Three, Section Twenty-two of its own Constitution, and believes that all efforts should be undertaken to preserve such rights to the fullest.
   Resolved by the House of Delegates:
   That the West Virginia House of Delegates conveys to the Congress of the United States that it supports efforts to preserve and protect our freedoms especially preserving the Second Amendment rights of all law abiding Americans; and, be it
   Further Resolved, That the West Virginia House of Delegates urges the United States Congress to focus on strengthening the areas of mental health diagnosis and treatment; and
   Further Resolved, That the West Virginia House of Delegates requests that the West Virginia Congressional Delegation support actions that preserve Second Amendment Rights and efforts to address mental health diagnosis and treatment in the hope that our nation will never again experience these senseless acts of mass murder, and, be it
   Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the West Virginia House of Delegates deliver a copy of this resolution to the Vice President of the United States and the President pro tempore of the United States Senate, to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, to the Majority and Minority Leaders of the both Houses of Congress, and the each United States Senator and Member of the House of Representatives from West Virginia.
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