In the wake of the tragic shootings in Newtown, Congressman Jon Runyan (R-NJ) announced his plan to convene a summit with Burlington County Sheriff Jean Stanfield, local law enforcement, educators, mental health experts and local residents to discuss strategies for reducing gun violence.
Earlier this month, President Barack Obama unveiled his proposals to address gun violence and several members of Congress are looking to introduce legislation to address as well, including the reintroduction of the assault weapons ban. Congressman Runyan believes that the country must consider a myriad of strategies to address gun violence in our country, including a comprehensive discussion of mental health awareness and treatment, gun safety, school security and the increasingly level of violence in the entertainment industry via movies, television and video games. Any plan to truly affect change to move forward on this issue cannot be focused solely on access to firearms.
"In the wake of the tragic events in Newtown there needs to be a serious discussion about gun violence," said Congressman Runyan. "This discussion must not be limited to restricting the sale of guns or gun accessories. These areas must be included but there must be discussions about gun safety, mental health, law enforcement, and violence in our culture. This is why I have worked with Burlington County Sheriff Jean Stanfield to bring leaders in mental health, law enforcement, education, and from the community to have an open and frank discussion."
The summit will be open to the press. The community leaders in attendance will have the opportunity to use their expertise to help form a comprehensive plan to combat gun violence in America. Congressman Runyan has previously stated that he is keeping an open mind to the best legislative approach to this issue, and is eager to take the ideas discussed by the group back to Washington to share with his colleagues from both sides of the aisle, leadership, and the administration.