Today Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen released the following statement after President Obama announced his proposals to reduce gun violence:
"Today, President Obama presented a clear vision of how we can improve gun safety in our nation. I applaud the President for taking executive action where appropriate, such as increasing research on gun violence and improving our federal database that tracks guns. Congress must immediately consider the White House's recommendations for legislative action, including closing loopholes in criminal and mental health background checks for people purchasing guns, banning military-style assault weapons, and limiting the size of high-capacity magazines.
"Our nation has buried too many innocent victims of gun violence because we have been unwilling to take action on sensible gun safety measures. Despite the distortions and scare tactics used by the Washington-based gun lobby, a majority of Americans support these common sense measures. Limiting the number of bullets that can be fired at once does not mean we are trying to take guns away from responsible gun owners. If you're on a terrorist watch list, you should not be permitted to buy a gun. We can keep our children safe without infringing on the Second Amendment."