Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI12) released the statement below following today's meeting between Vice-Chairs of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and Vice President Joe Biden.
"Today's meeting with Vice President Biden and my fellow Vice-Chairs of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force allowed me the opportunity to reiterate my belief in the utmost importance of all sides of this conversation having their concerns heard and considered. I believe we must do all we can to prevent tragic events like Newtown and Aurora from ever happening again, and we must also protect the tremendously important freedoms granted to us by the Second Amendment. As this discussion moves forward, I'll continue to advocate that all parties involved in this discussion remain respected, and their ideas and beliefs considered. This must be an open and transparent process."
Also present in the meeting were U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, and Attorney General Eric Holder.