Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) released the following statement in response to President Obama and Vice President Biden unveiling their package of proposals to reduce gun violence:
"While the accident that nearly took my life reminds me that we cannot prevent every gun-related incident, it also leaves me at a loss that we have not taken every possible step to stop the wrong people from acquiring the most destructive firearms and ammunition. It is long past time that we address the tragic losses that so many in our nation have suffered.
"I applaud President Obama for recommending an all-encompassing approach that covers the most critical ways we can achieve immediate action, by implementing universal criminal background checks, including at gun shows, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and improving our mental health system.
"We can protect the rights of the millions of law-abiding gun owners, while meeting our moral obligation to protect the safety of Americans, particularly our kids. I call on Speaker Boehner to ensure that this Congress will have the opportunity to vote on these sensible protections."
Earlier this week, Langevin, who is on the House Democrats' Gun Violence Task Force, introduced his own legislation to crack down on irresponsible gun dealers, saying it was an important part of a comprehensive approach to this challenge. In addition, he has organized an effort to ask House Democrats to invite someone affected by gun violence to the State of the Union to keep up the pressure for action.