Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) announced today she has co-sponsored two pieces of legislation that would help prevent guns from falling into the hands of criminals. This Wednesday, she will speak at the University of New Haven on the need for greater investment into researching gun violence.
"Last week the United States Senate told the Newtown families "sorry, you're on your own.' There are some issues where you have to vote your conscious and background checks is one of them. This is not about an election; this is about saving people's lives. We need continue to push until we can shame enough people into doing the right thing.
"And I will fight tooth-and-nail against any attempts to limit federal research into gun violence. The President's executive order was a good start, but Congress needs to make clear that there are absolutely no restrictions on researchers' ability to research compile and analyze the data on gun-related violence."
Fellow Connecticut Congressman John Larson has introduced a House version of the bipartisan agreement on background checks struck by Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA). Reps. Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Peter King (R-NY) have also introduced the Manchin-Toomey language. DeLauro is a co-sponsor of both bills.
Currently, a criminal can buy a firearm in the parking lot of a gun show, over the internet, or through a newspaper ad without a background check. The Manchin-Toomey agreement closes these loopholes while ensuring that background checks are conducted in the same way federally licensed dealers have for more than 40 years.
DeLauro has been outspoken on the importance of federal research into firearms. Earlier this year, she led several of her colleagues in writing a letter to Vice President Biden urging him to support increased gun research in his task force's recommendations to the President. He did, and President Obama subsequently signed an Executive Order directing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research the causes and prevention of gun violence. However, funding still needs to be provided specifically for this effort and DeLauro will fight for that.