DENVER - Some Republican congressional leaders from Colorado say it's too soon to launch a presidential Gun Violence Task Force, less than a week after a mass school shooting in Connecticut killed 26 people, including 20 children.
In launching the task force Wednesday, President Barack Obama said he wanted immediate action to curb an "epidemic of gun violence."
The task force headed by Vice President Joe Biden will help come up with policy recommendations by the end of January that will be presented to Congress.
The president said the problem is complex and no longer can be an excuse for doing nothing.
7NEWS asked members of Colorado's congressional delegation, who have received campaign contributions from the gun lobby, what they thought of Obama's speech.
Rep. Doug Lamborn, a Republican who represents the Fifth District in southern Colorado, told 7NEWS in a statement, "With the investigation into the murders ongoing, it is too soon to be talking about new federal laws. In fact, it disrespects those who are still mourning."
Lamborn's statement went on to say that he wants to get a more complete picture of what happened in the Sandy Hook Elementary attack before commenting more on the role Congress should play in preventing mass shootings in the future.
Josh Green, press secretary for Rep. Scott Tipton, a Republican who represents cities like Pueblo and Grand Junction, said in a statement that "Rep. Tipton believes that there will be a time for conversations on how to address the real issues behind these horrific acts. However, the time for policy discussion is not while our nation is mourning the victims who were taken from us just days ago in a terrible tragedy."
Rep. Mike Coffman, a Republican who represents the Sixth District that includes several Denver suburbs, said in a statement, "President Obama has committed to having a list of specific recommendations by the end of next month on how to best prevent gun violence. I look forward to reviewing all of them as soon as they become available. I especially want to see ideas on how to keep firearms out of the hands of those who are not mentally competent."