I commend President Obama and Vice President Biden for their swift action and common sense measures to reduce gun violence. The President's executive orders will begin to address the underlying problems behind the rise in mass shootings and help protect our children. Now, it is imperative that Congress also act to safeguard the public from assault weapons, eliminate high capacity magazines, fully fund mental health programs, and require a comprehensive background check on all gun sales.
As the President said, it is our first task as a society and our top responsibility as a nation to care for our children and to keep them safe. In California, we are prepared to do that by strengthening our state laws and eliminating loopholes in our assault weapon ban.