Congressman Charles B. Rangel released the following statement after President Barack Obama announced a series of proposals to prevent and reduce gun violence:
"While deadly shootings are, unfortunately, nothing new, the terrible shooting in Newtown, CT, a little over a month ago made one thing clear: we must act, and the time to act is now. I am pleased that the President announced his grand plans to deter future tragedies and make our communities safer. His 23 executive actions will go a long way to prevent and reduce gun violence in our country; the Congress must also do its part.
It is imperative that we work to pass legislation that require a universal background check, restore a ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and assist law enforcement with their efforts to keep guns out of dangerous hands. Congressional action will help to enforce the President's executive orders and will make a real and lasting difference for years to come.
The victims of the Newtown shootings and the other horrific shootings are our counting on us to pass these common sense solutions. We have a moral obligation to work together to get this done so that another one of these tragic events does not happen again. I am proud that New York State is leading the way on this issue by being the first to adopt the toughest gun restrictions in the nation. I hope that other states will follow suit as Congress works with the President to enact life-saving legislation."