I have the honor of representing the brave community of Newtown in Congress. I’ve witnessed firsthand the unparalleled resilience, courage, and generosity of our first responders, teachers, families, local officials, and everyone in our community who pulled together in the time of indescribable tragedy.
Congress owes each of them—and every loved one of the more than 30,000 Americans who lose their lives to gun violence each year—the courage to move forward on commonsense measures to reduce gun violence. And while pundits on TV and special interest groups continue to use scare tactics to silence the will of the vast majority of the American people, we will not give up.
As a vice chair of the U.S. House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, I’ve been a strong advocate for commonsense reforms that will reduce gun violence, make our communities safer, and respects our 2nd Amendment rights. This summer, I joined many of my colleagues in the House of Representatives to organize a sit in on the House floor to call for action on gun violence. While I was proud of the unity of some of my friends in Congress, I was more inspired by the outpouring of support that we received from our district, our state, and all around the country. The American people are coming together to call for action to prevent gun violence. This includes comprehensive background checks for all commercial gun sales, closing loopholes that allow suspected terrorists to purchase a gun, increasing funding for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, allowing for public health research into the causes of gun violence and strategies for preventing it, incentivizing research into smart guns and other gun safety technology, and expanding our mental health services.