Congresswoman Esty to Serve on Gun Violence Prevention Task Force

"We can’t allow the loss of innocent life we saw in Newtown to happen again," Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty said in a statement.


Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-5th) has been selected to serve as a vice chairman on the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, which was formed last month in the wake of the tragic school shooting in Newtown to investigate steps Congress should take to reduce gun violence.

“I’m honored to be named to the leadership team for the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force,” said Esty, who beat Republican Andrew Roraback in the Fifth Congressional District race in the November election, in a press release issued just one day after she was sworn in. “As the Representative for Newtown and as a mother, I feel a special responsibility to that community and to the parents who have suffered such unimaginable horror."

"We can’t allow the loss of innocent life we saw in Newtown to happen again," Esty added. "We can’t allow the loss of innocent life that we have seen far too often in Waterbury and Meriden and far too many of our cities and our towns to continue. The status quo is unacceptable, and action is long overdue."

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced the formation of the task force last month following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary which took the lives of 27 people, including 20 students.

U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson of California will serve as chairman of the task force, which is expected to present its first proposals on gun control by early February.

“Having met with law enforcement, our first responders, mental health professionals, and community leaders in Newtown and across our state, it is clear to me that we must take comprehensive action," Esty said. "That means commonsense, federal gun-safety policies that work as well as making a firm and lasting commitment to mental health services."

joe_m January 07, 2013 at 09:33 PM
Congresswomen Esty, are you willing to guarantee what you propose will work? If your proposed regulations and laws fail, even once, are you willing to go to jail for life for gross negligence for not doing your job? Write it into the bill, "any politician that votes in favor of this bill and it becomes law, will go to prison for the rest of their life, if there is 1 more murder, home invasion or mass shooting in this state". There should be consequences for politicians that write bills / laws that do not do what the politicians think / say it will do. Until then do not try to deprive me of my God given rights to self defense, my Constitutional right to bear arms and my state right to bear arms in defense of self.
nick January 08, 2013 at 02:33 AM
Just a little more on statistics...US is NOT the world leader in murders. http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/...est_media.html
nick January 08, 2013 at 02:34 AM
History of school attacks: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_attacks_related_to_primary_schools http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_attacks_related_to_secondary_schools http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_attacks_related_to_post-secondary_schools
nick January 08, 2013 at 02:36 AM
FBI: MORE PEOPLE KILLED WITH... eye opening... Really an eye opening bunch of statistics: FBI: MORE PEOPLE KILLED WITH HAMMERS, CLUBS EACH YEAR THAN RIFLES By AWR HAWKINS, Breitbart.com According to the FBI annual crime statistics, the number of murders committed annually with hammers and clubs far outnumbers the number of murders committed with a rifle. This is an interesting fact, particularly amid the Democrats' feverish push to ban many different rifles, ostensibly to keep us safe of course. However, it appears the zeal of Sens. like Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) is misdirected. For in looking at the FBI numbers from 2005 to 2011, the number of murders by hammers and clubs consistently exceeds the number of murders committed with a rifle. Think about it: In 2005, the number of murders committed with a rifle was 445, while the number of murders committed with hammers and clubs was 605. In 2006, the number of murders committed with a rifle was 438, while the number of murders committed with hammers and clubs was 618. And so the list goes, with the actual numbers changing somewhat from year to year, yet the fact that more people are killed with blunt objects each year remains constant.


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