In a visit to Kansas City Wednesday, Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt said he doesn't expect Congress to pass major gun legislation in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid indicated as much earlier this week, Blunt pointed out.
"So far, I've seen nothing from this tragedy in Sandy Hook that anybody's proposed that would have prevented that tragedy from happening," Blunt said at the National World War I Museum.
The Republican said he's working on legislation aimed at improving mental health coverage.
"That's probably the more productive place to look in terms of legislation," Blunt said.
He also said Wednesday that the gun control measures the president signed through executive orders will have little impact.
"Unfortunately, the president's proposals today fundamentally fail to address ways that we can prevent tragic events like Sandy Hook, and instead, he's attempting to restrict the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans," Blunt said in a statement.
Blunt also predicted that the Senate eventually will confirm former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel as President Obama's defense secretary.
Blunt said he's still undecided on the pick, but plans to meet with Hagel in the next few days.
"This person who is confirmed to be secretary of defense in this Congress is going to have as much to say about the next generation of American defense strategy and fighting men and women as anybody's had in a long time," he said.
Blunt, a Republican, hailed recent congressional approval of Kansas City's World War I Memorial and Museum as the base site for the new national World War I Centennial Commission.
The upcoming commemorations will give the American people a new opportunity to examine the war's impact, he said.
"Look at the maps of the Middle East. Look at the problems we have in Africa. Look at many of the things we're dealing with today," Blunt said. "Those are directly the results of what happened in the days following World War I. There are a lot of lessons to learn there."