Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) joined her fellow vice-chairs on the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-5), chair of the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, for a meeting with Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to discuss a comprehensive approach to reduce and prevent gun violence.
"We had a good, very productive meeting with Vice-President Biden and members of the President's cabinet," Esty said. "People want real and meaningful change to save lives. That's what I've heard from members of the Newtown community over the past month including at a community meeting yesterday afternoon. That's what I've heard in letters, calls, and emails from people across Connecticut and across the country. I know that the Vice-President, the President, and his cabinet share that commitment to meaningful change and comprehensive action to reduce and prevent gun violence. Over the upcoming weeks and months, I will continue to work with my colleagues on the task force, the administration, and with the people of Newtown and every town and city in the 5th District for commonsense, federal gun-safety policies and a lasting commitment to mental health services."
"Meaningful progress towards reducing and preventing gun violence cannot be made by just one branch of government," said Congressman Mike Thompson. "Our task force looks forward to working with the Vice President, the Obama Administration and all stakeholders to enact a comprehensive set of proposals that both respect the 2nd Amendment rights of law abiding citizens without a history of dangerous mental illness and helps keep our schools, streets and communities safe from gun violence."
Also participating in the meeting were Gun Violence Prevention Task Force vice-chairs: Rep. Ron Barber (AZ), Rep. John D. Dingell (MI), Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (NY), Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO), Rep. Bobby Scott (VA) and Rep. Jackie Speier (CA).
Esty was named one of twelve vice-chairs of the task force on January 4. Over the next month the task force will hold a number of meetings and hearings with different experts designed to identify the best policies to reduce and prevent gun violence. A comprehensive set of policy proposals will be released by the task force in early February.