Today, Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI12) concluded a three-day series of constituent meetings with local law enforcement officials, state legislators, Mayors, school superintendents, mental health advocacy groups and area sportsmen to discuss the ongoing national conversation surrounding gun violence prevention.
"This series of meetings have allowed for a continuation of an open, honest discussion about the necessary steps we must take to keep our children and families safe, while also protecting the very same rights granted to us by the Constitution that have helped keep our Nation free," said Dingell. "It is my belief that we must have a broad and all-inclusive discussion about this issue, one that crosses all political party or ideological lines and brings every single American to the table, and these gatherings have helped to do just that."
Dingell, a Vice Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, met with stakeholder groups throughout the week to continue to hear the views of Southeast Michigan residents as proposals are debated in Washington. Dingell has also urged residents of Michigan's 12th Congressional District to contact his office and share their thoughts and concerns.
"Countless Southeast Michigan residents have contacted my office via telephone, fax, and e-mail to share their beliefs on what can be done to curb gun violence, keep firearms out of the hands of those who should not have them, and protect the rights of hunters, shooters and all who are law-abiding gun owners," Dingell added. "These meetings have been a good start to a direct conversation with those who serve locally on the front lines of this national concern, and I believe that it will be the good ideas of the American people that will be the key to bringing common-sense reform to address this national malady and protect our rights and our people. I will continue to meet and speak with all who are willing to take part in this discussion moving forward, and I look forward to doing all I can to ensure that the thoughts and beliefs of all parties are heard and considered."
Congressman Dingell, together with Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, also penned an Op-Ed on the topic of gun violence prevention in the New York Times. It can be found at http://nyti.ms/UCWhXh.