Rep. Tom Reed holds town hall meeting in Baldwin

LOWMAN, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - Congressman Tom Reed hosted a town hall meeting in the Town of Baldwin Saturday fielding questions from his constituents on mental health and gun violence.

At a town hall at the Baldwin Fire Department questions about the state of mental health in this country in the wake of the deadly Florida high school shooting in February.

"That's a conversation we need to have, to go after those individuals exhibiting violence and are so mentally deranged that they are just a sociopath that we need to learn from to mitigate them from being in a position again," said Reed. 

There were comments about the NRA:

"The NRA had nothing to do with any shooting, any place what so ever," said one constituent.  "Every single one of the major single shootings we had been or was on some sort of psychiatric medication."

On Wednesday, President Trump told lawmakers he would support taking guns away from mentally ill people, regardless of their rights.

"He's not going to be able to agree with these folks on these issues but it's about having the dialogue and actually coming to a solution that people can come together," said Reed.  "By having the hard conversation but disrupting the conversation, that's the biggest asset he brings to Washington D.C."

Though the White House is considering several gun and safety measures after the massacre in South Florida, Reed supports second amendment rights.

"I'm opposed to banning assault-style weapon types, when you start banning weapons, when you start taking away second amendment rights - that's a freedom, freedom is hard."

There were also a lot of talk about jobs and economic issues.

In the meantime, Reed says he will take these concerns from his constituents back to Washington D.C. on Monday.

Reed hosted two more town halls in Addison and Almond.

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