Today, Congressman José E. Serrano joined with other parents around the nation in calling for an overhaul of the nation's gun control laws. In the wake of the recent mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Congressman Serrano said that there "can no longer be silence and passivity in the face of the ongoing gun violence in our nation."
"Like the rest of the country, I spent the weekend mourning the loss of innocent lives in Newtown on Friday," said Serrano. "First and foremost, our hearts go out to the families who lost loved ones there. This senseless act that robbed them of their family members -- especially their children -- has no place in a civilized society. Our nation mourns with them in this time of grief.
"As I reflected on this senseless tragedy over the weekend, there was really only one conclusion that came to me; guns are designed for killing and must be treated as such. Over the past decade, we have tried the pro-gun lobby's preferred policy of inaction on gun regulation. It is clear that this policy has failed our children and our nation. We must now begin the national conversation on how to limit guns in such a way that our children and communities are safe from these horrors. There cannot be any other end result.
"Our nation has grown weary of mourning the victims of these horrific acts. We cannot sit idly by any longer. I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass sensible gun regulations that keep our children safe. We must end this violence."