Congressman Mike Thompson, chair of a congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force (CA-5) and the vice-chairs of the task force today met with Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to discuss a comprehensive approach to reduce and prevent gun violence.
"Meaningful progress towards reducing and preventing gun violence cannot be made by just one branch of government," said Thompson. "Our task force looks forward to working with the Vice President, the Obama Administration and all stakeholders to enact a comprehensive set of proposals that both respect the 2nd Amendment rights of law abiding citizens without a history of dangerous mental illness and helps keep our schools, streets and communities safe from gun violence."
Congressman Thompson was joined in the meeting by vice-chairs of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force: Rep. Ron Barber (AZ), Rep. John D. Dingell (MI), Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT), Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (NY), Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO), Rep. Bobby Scott (VA) and Rep. Jackie Speier (CA).
Over the next month the task force will hold a number of meetings and hearings with different experts designed to identify the best policies to reduce and prevent gun violence. A comprehensive set of policy proposals will be released by the task force in early February.