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The loss of these children should move America forward. This is not an attack on the Second Amendment but this is an attempt to save Americans and our children, says Congresswoman Jackson Lee

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a Senior Member of the House Homeland Security and Judiciary Committees, released the following statement regarding the tragic shooting in Newtown, CT and why we need more gun safety laws in America:

“There are no words to express the horror of the senseless violence aimed at our children in what should be a safe place of learning. My heart aches as a parent and someone who visits my local schools and interacts with the children it is hard to think of what the families of the victims must be going through in Newtown, CT. My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims of this tragedy and I know everyone will come together to help the community in this time of need.

“For over 10 years in many sessions of Congress I have introduced the HR 227, the Child Gun Safety and Gun Access Prevention Act. I have been an advocate for more gun safety laws in America since I have arrived here in Congress. In one year on average, almost 100,000 people in America are shot or killed with a gun. Over a million people have been killed with guns in the United States since 1968. U.S. homicide rates are 6.9 times higher than rates in 22 other populous high-income countries combined, despite similar non-lethal crime and violence rates. In order to promote safety for our children it is imperative this Congress brings to the House floor NOW the following gun safety laws:

1. An immediate ban on all assault weapons

2. The closing of the gun show loopholes

3. A more structured mental health support system for families that will allow them to get immediate assistance in regards to mental issues. There should be some pathway in which families can acknowledge mental issues within their family and seek public funded or private counseling services immediately.

4. We must look at the design of primary and secondary schools in which these schools may need to have reinforced bullet proof windows and reinforced secure entrances.

5. Expanding state laws holding adults responsible for securing their weapons.

“We must never forget the memory of twenty beautiful children and six remarkable adults. They lost their lives in a school that could have been any school; in a quiet town full of good and decent people that could be any town in America. I was moved by the President’s remarks and I look forward to his leadership.

“This Congress must rise above partisan politics and now come together to pass these important gun safety laws. The safety of America and its children should be at the forefront when it comes to making these gun safety laws. The politics of outside groups like the NRA should not play a factor when we consider the safety of our citizens. We must also look at gun violence in other cities too such as Chicago where over the last few years a number of school age kids have been killed with guns.

“If there is even one step we can take to save another child, or another parent, or another town, from the grief that has visited Tucson, and Aurora, and Oak Creek, and Oregon and Newtown, and communities from Columbine to Blacksburg before that — then this Congress surely has an obligation to try.”


Michael McQuerry
(202) 225-3816

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