Today, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson announced she has joined the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. The task force was created in response to the recent attack on Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, and will focus its efforts on reducing and preventing gun violence.
The Gun Violence Prevention Task Force is developing a comprehensive set of policy proposals, including examining sensible regulations to govern the sale and purchase of firearms while protecting the 2nd Amendment rights of responsible gun owners, closing gaps in our mental health care system, strengthening the background check system, and addressing violence in our culture.
"America needs a comprehensive approach to curb the gun violence." said Congresswoman Johnson. "I look forward to serving on the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and working with my colleagues to create effective legislation that will help keep our communities safer and free from gun violence."
Over the next several weeks the task force will hold a number of meetings and hearings designed to identify the best policies to reduce and prevent gun violence. The task force will meet with various interest groups, including law enforcement officers, gun owners and sportsmen groups, gun manufactures and gun retailers, mental health experts, gun violence prevention groups, members of the entertainment industry, education organizations and other experts and stakeholders.
A comprehensive set of policy proposals will be released by the task force in early February.