A Democratic candidate running in Pennsylvania's upcoming special election is cautioning people that calling for more gun control in the wake of the recent shooting in Florida is not the answer to reducing the number of mass shootings in the United States.

Democrat Conor Lamb insists that the best way to prevent mass shootings is to enforce the laws that already exist and not enact more gun control laws.

The Washington Times reports:

Mr. Lamb said more money needs to be invested in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and enforcing the background check system.

He said he would be willing to look at proposals aimed at strengthening the system, including closing the gun show “loophole” and expanding firearm background checks in internet sales, but said the focus should be on mental health.

"No parent should ever drop their child off at school and be afraid they won’t be alive at the end of the day," Lamb said. "My heart breaks for those families in Florida and, in Congress, I will work to make sure that people with serious mental illnesses do not have access to guns."

Lamb's rival, Republican Rick Saccone, slammed the Democrats for their response to the tragedy.

“The left always their solution is to jump on the gun itself and law-abiding citizens,” Saccone said. “They want to disarm law-abiding citizens as a solution to crimes like this. It has nothing to do with this crime.”

“So they are going to call for more gun laws and more gun control and so forth and that wouldn’t have affected this at all,” Saccone continued. “That is what they do, every time, they use it an excuse to jump on that.”