Today, Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-4) joined the nation in commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and celebrating the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. She released this statement:
"Today, I am proud to join with all Americans as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. How fitting it is that we honor this Civil Rights hero on the same day that we will inaugurate our 44th President, Barack Obama, to his second term.
"As we look ahead to four more years of progress, we must also commemorate a peaceful man whose life ended early from gun violence. On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, let us remember the legacy of the man who spread a message of peace and justice and challenged America to fulfill the true promise of Democracy.
"We are also hopeful that President Obama's second term will bring about needed reforms to our immigration laws, a renewal of the Violence Against Women Act and greater gun safety measures. From Dr. King to the 26 victims at Sandy Hook, America has lost too many innocent civilians to gun violence. Taking action may be difficult, but Dr. King said "the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.'
"Today let us celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his remarkable courage in the struggle for justice and peace, by committing to doing what is right even when it is difficult. I applaud President Obama's actions so far, and look forward to working with him to tackle the many tough issues facing our country and make positive strives to move our country forward as Dr. King would have wanted."