Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today released the following statement on the President's recommendations to reduce gun violence:
"More than one month ago when 26 children and staff were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School, our hearts were broken. It was not the first time we have mourned a mass shooting, but we should do everything in our capacity to make it the last by taking meaningful action to prevent gun violence. We owe it to the memories of those lost, the families of the victims and to our children who deserve to feel safe in our communities.
"I applaud the common sense reforms outlined by the President, including universal background checks and banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines that have no place on our streets. As the Senior Democrat on the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health, which has jurisdiction over the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), I agree that improving our mental health system and studying gun violence should be priorities.
"I am ever-hopeful that Congress can put aside party differences and come together to take steps that will prevent senseless violence and make our communities safer. I join President Obama and Vice President Biden in asking my colleagues in Congress to do the right thing."