In the wake of President Barack Obama's announcement of a $500 million gun violence package, a National Rifle Association executive said the solution for mass shootings comes from the bottom up, not the top down.
"This notion that, simply because we had a horrible tragedy in a community somewhere in America, that it's the federal government's responsibility to come in and start issuing all sorts of paperwork to try and resolve it is not going to solve very much, if anything," former Georgia Rep. Bob Barr told News/Talk 92.3 KTAR's Karie & Chuck on Wednesday. "It has to come from the ground up, not the top down."
Barr said the number of mass shootings can be contained if people become more involved, parents are more responsible, better education becomes available and existing laws are enforced.
The issue of mental health has come up numerous time in recent gun control debates and Barr said the nation is better off if states handle that issue, not the federal government.
"It's not a problem the federal government has to solve, it's a problem that the states have to deal with," he said, mentioning that his home state of Georgia recently made massive cuts to mental health funding, making it difficult to identify those who may be in need of help.
Barr said he agreed with several factors in Obama's declaration, especially the need for the ATF to have a consistent leader given the poor handling of the Fast and Furious operation.