U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor released the following statement regarding the Newtown, Conn. shootings:
" As a parent and an American, my heart goes out to the victims and families in Newtown, Conn. We simply cannot tolerate this type of violence any longer. There is no reason people need access to assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Commonsense regulation is appropriate. It is time for us as a Congress and as a nation to take swift action. Congress should consider and pass the assault weapons ban this week.
"We must also pay more attention to the mental health problems faced by many Americans. For the well being of us all, we must reach out to those who may be isolated, especially young, male teenagers.
"I hope this tragedy is a wake-up call and spurs us to act for the well being of our children and all Americans."
Castor is a co-sponsor of two gun-related bills in this Congress:
* H.R. 308, the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act. This legislation would ban ammunition magazines that have a capacity of more than 10 rounds of ammunition. This was law until 2004 as part of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban.
* H.R. 1781, the Fix Gun Checks Act. This bill would ensure all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the national instant criminal background check system. Additionally, a background check will be required for every firearm sale.
Castor urges those who may feel they need assistance to call the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay at 813-964-1964.