Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) applauded the thousands of people who rallied in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, as well as those who spoke out at Rhode Island's State House, today to keep the pressure up for sensible gun safety laws.
"I thank everyone who participated in the events in Washington and Providence today for helping to send the message to all of our leaders that it is long past time to seriously address the gun violence that continues to inflict tragedies on our fellow citizens," said Langevin. "We know all too well that difficult political obstacles continue to threaten the chances of enacting responsible legislation that would better protect our communities and especially our children, like a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines, as well as universal background checks. For us to be successful, it is vital for people across the country to make their voices heard."
Langevin, who is on the House Democrats' Gun Violence Task Force, 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. In addition, earlier this month, he introduced his own legislation to crack down on irresponsible gun dealers, saying it was an important part of a comprehensive approach to this issue.