Rep. Schrader says US has plenty of gun laws


by KGW staff

Posted on January 11, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 11 at 6:10 PM

PORTLAND – Congressman Kurt Schrader recently won re-election as a democrat in Oregon’s 5th district, but his stance on gun control is right in line with the views of the National Rifle Association.

In a taped interview for KGW’s Straight Talk, Schrader reaffirmed his views about gun ownership that helped him secure an endorsement in 2010 from the powerful lobbying group.

The NRA Web site states that the association opted to support Schrader because he co-signed several bills in Congress favored by the NRA.

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Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden is leading a task force in Washington D.C., exploring ways to deal with gun violence.

Schrader said the U.S. has plenty of laws when it comes to guns. What he thinks is missing is money to help fund mental health care.

“That’s the biggest part of where we need to be putting our money. It’s not the guns that are killing people. It’s the people behind those guns,” Schrader said.

While Schrader’s views on guns may not be in step with many democrats, his stances on other issues have made him popular with many progressive groups.

Biden even visited the district to campaign for Schrader during his re-election bid against republican Scott Bruun in 2010.

"I think it puts to rest the mythology of Kurt Schrader being a Washington DC Pelosi clone or something like that," he told KGW in 2010. "This blows right through that."

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Watch Laural Porter’s full interview with Schrader Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on KGW Newschannel 8.