President Barack Obama's gun control proposals would reduce the rights of law-abiding citizens and have "little to no effect on violent crime," according to Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah.
His comments came on the heels of remarks made by the president on gun safety at an event held by the White House to mark the 100th day since the Newtown, Conn. shooting. The event was attended by the mothers of gun violence victims and law enforcement officials.
"It is deeply unfortunate that [Obama] continues to use the tragedy at Newtown as the backdrop for pushing legislation that would have done nothing to prevent that horrible crime," Lee said in a statement released Thursday.
He added, "This debate is about more than magazine clips and pistol grips."
Lee, joined by GOP Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas, informed Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, that they will use their procedural right to require a 60-vote threshold to bring any of the president's proposals to the Senate floor.
"Any legislation that would restrict our basic right to self-defense deserves robust and open debate. Requiring a 60-vote threshold helps ensure that we have the debate rather than skipping directly to the back-room deals, horse trading, and business-as-usual politics that typifies the way Congress passes legislation today," said Lee.
He added, "With a 60-vote threshold, we are seeking to ensure that a bare majority does not jeopardize the basic rights of the American people."
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