Ex-Rep Plans To Finger Media at Violence Hearing

Witness at Senate Judiciary Hearing Points to Culture of Violence, Away from Any Gun Controls
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Former one-term Republican Florida Congress member Sandy Adams (2010-1012) plans to tell the Senate Judiciary Committee it should be looking at violent media--video games, movies--and mental health rather than looking to limit gun or ammunition ownership.

That is according to a copy of prepared testimony for the committee's Feb. 27 hearing on on the proposed assault weapons ban.

Adams is not testifying for any group, but instead identifies herself as a "mother, sheriff’s deputy and former legislator." She is strongly opposed to gun control, according to the testimony.

"It is not time for feel good legislation so you can say you did something; it is time for a true discussion about the culture of violence and how to prevent violent crime," she plans to tell Congress

"I believe the combination of violent video games to [sic] violent movies, the desensitizing of death, blood and gore in their every day lives is only making the culture more violent," she says. "Taking guns from law-abiding citizens while leaving them defenseless against violent criminals, who by their very definition do not abide by the law is not the answer and it is definitely not the right thing to do."

Adams says law-abiding people "must be allowed to have the tools necessary to defend themselves," which he suggests includes semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines.

In 2010, Adams, a former state representative, got an "A' rating and a ringing endorsement from the NRA in her successful congressional bid. The group pointed to her support of something called the Concealed Weapons Licensing Trust Fund, as well as a bill prohibiting businesses from seizing legal "secured" firearms from vehicles in their parking lots, and for co-sponsoring legislation expanding self-defense rights in the home, among other things.