Lamb & Saccone Debate for First Time
According to KDKA the debate began with a question about the recent school shooting in Florida. Both candidates have said the main issue is mental health.
“We have to focus on the mental illness. We have to focus on the underlying problems with our society … I’ve always been for sensible [gun] regulations and laws,” Saccone said.
“I recognize there is great passion. I’d like to see a background check system that works. We’ve seen too many of these shootings happen because somebody fell through the cracks. It’s going to take people who are willing to reach across the aisle, who are willing to stay late and who are willing to spend some money to fix this thing and I don’t believe my opponent is willing to do so,” Lamb said.
The candidates differed on medical marijuana, which began being sold in Pennsylvania late last week.
Saccone, who voted against the bill in Pennsylvania, argued against its use saying that “the experts [at Congressional hearings] told us that the science says the medical marijuana is not helping in the way that they think. In many ways, if they’re young people, it could actually hurt them.”
Lamb supported allowing states to allow medical marijuana without interference from the federal government.
“I don’t believe that any child or parent should be afraid of prosecution if they are following the advice of their doctor. That’s what’s happening here. Many doctors have told me that these oils that come from cannabis are every useful and they’re often much cheaper than more expensive prescription drugs. So, I would like to see the research continue, well regulated sale and distribution of these drugs,” Lamb said.
According to the Post-Gazette Lamb pushed against Saccone’s time in Harrisburg, referencing the multiple budget impasses in recent years saying he is “part of the same crowd in Harrisburg who have shut down the government there.”