Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-5), chair of a House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, released the following statement on President Obama's announcement of proposals to reduce gun violence.
"The president and our task force agree that we need a comprehensive approach to reduce and prevent gun violence. Executive action can and should be part of the process, and many of the executive actions announced today will have a positive influence on reducing gun violence. Now it's time for Congress to step up and do what needs to be done to save lives. Many of the policies that will have the greatest impact on reducing gun violence will require Congressional action.
"During the next several weeks our task force will examine the president's proposals and the proposals of others. We will continue meeting with stakeholders on every side of this issue. And we will develop a comprehensive set of policy proposals that both respect peoples' 2nd Amendment rights and help keep our communities safe from gun violence."
Thompson is working closely with Vice-Chairs Ron Barber (AZ), John D. Dingell (MI), Elizabeth Esty (CT), Chaka Fattah (PA), Carolyn McCarthy (NY), Grace Napolitano (CA), Ed Perlmutter (CO), David Price (NC), Bobby Scott (VA), Jackie Speier (CA), and Bennie Thompson (MS) to develop a comprehensive set of policy recommendations that will be released in early February.