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Congressman John Duncan

Representing the 2nd District of Tennessee

Gun Rights

As much as some people hate to admit it, however, guns have prevented many thousands of crimes and saved untold lives.  Further restricting the rights of gun owners who have followed the laws will do nothing to prevent the acts of criminals and deranged persons in the future.   

We need to study the tragedy in Connecticut and come up with solutions that get to the root of the problem, such as  violence in the entertainment industry; better recognition and treatment of mental health problems; the widespread use of behavior drugs; and better security in schools.

Before I was elected to Congress, I served as criminal court judge in Knoxville for nearly 8 years.  During that time, I presided over thousands of cases, including some of the most horrendous crimes of the time.

Another judge told me on my first day that almost every person appearing before me will come from a father-absent household, and this prediction sadly turned out to be true.   

Almost every mass or school shooter since the 1980's has been from a father-absent household or on some sort of behavior drug.  Strong family support is important in preventing violence and should be a part of any discussion on the topic.

More on Gun Rights

January 6, 2016 In The News
U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., R-Knoxville, said Obama should be working with Congress to address the real causes of gun violence instead of attacking law-abiding gun owners and the Constitution.
January 5, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement Tuesday in response to President Obama’s executive order regarding guns:


The President should be working with Congress to address the real causes of gun violence instead of attacking law-abiding citizens and the Constitution.

The President’s proposals would not have prevented any of the tragedies he mentioned.  

Creating more bureaucracy and spending many millions more will not reduce gun violence.  

January 17, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.) issued the following statement Wednesday in response to President Obama's gun control announcement:

December 17, 2012 Press Release

The heartbreaking tragedy that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children and six adults were murdered, was one of the most horrific events that has ever occurred in this Country. It touched almost everyone in a deeply moving and personal way.