Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) released the following statement today on President Obama's plan to reduce gun violence. This afternoon DeLauro will co-chair a hearing, "Gun Violence Prevention: A Call to Action," where she and other members of Congress will hear from a panel that has real-life experience with gun violence. She is also a member of the House of Representatives Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention.
"The plan President Obama announced today is a strong first step, but now Congress needs to take action. Several critical ideas the President outlined, such as closing background check loopholes and banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines need legislative action to be reality. We should waste no time moving forward on these proposals.
"And the Presidential Memorandum signed today directing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research the causes and prevention of gun violence is great news for our researchers. For 15 years Congress has intimidated them into turning a blind eye to the research that could help us understand why gun violence happens and stop it from devastating the lives of too many families. As the senior Democrat on the subcommittee that funds the CDC, I will do everything in my power to make sure these arbitrary restrictions are history.
"Finally, I am especially pleased that he included making additional mental health resources available a major part of his proposal, particularly to train mental health professional to serve students and young adults. Eighty percent of adults and 67 percent of children who need mental health services do not receive treatment. This must end and I look forward to making these proposals a reality.
"President Obama outlined an expansive plan, and that is exactly as it should be, as there is not a single solution to stopping gun violence. Between the slaughter of the innocents that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School just over one month ago and yesterday at noon, 917 Americans were killed by guns. Those 917 families, along with the ones at Virginia Tech, Newtown and Aurora, need us to act now."