Esty Statement on President Obama's Gun Violence Prevention Proposals
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement on President Obama's announcement of proposals to prevent and reduce gun violence. Esty was in attendance to hear the President announce his proposals earlier this afternoon at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
"I'm extremely encouraged by the continuing commitment President Obama and Vice-President Biden have shown to enacting real, meaningful change to save lives, and I'm grateful to them for the care and support they've shown for the Newtown community.
"Above all, this is about saving lives. Families in Newtown want to know their children are safe and that other families are spared the same horrific loss they've experienced. I commend the President for taking immediate and concrete steps today to reduce gun violence. I also agree that we need a commonsense, comprehensive approach to prevent gun violence that includes reinstatement and strengthening of the ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, requiring universal background checks, and addressing gun trafficking.
"What happened just over a month ago in Newtown was an unimaginable tragedy. What happens now is up to each of us. This is a call to action for Congress and for the majority of Americans who believe we can respect the rights of responsible, law-abiding gun owners and we can save lives. Over the coming weeks and months I will continue working with the Administration, my colleagues on the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and in the Congress, and my constituents in Newtown and throughout the district to protect our children, our families and our communities."