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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."

Fred January 06, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Maybe we could start by banning mind altering drugs shoved down outr kids throats, as with Columbine, V-Tech and others it will soon come out what meds this killer was on.
Paul Bahre January 06, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Typical liberal knee jerk hype. The wench wants to ban guns. This state makes me sick. I'm getting my belly full of this God forsaken state more and every day and its from liberal wenches like her.
Ron White January 06, 2013 at 10:27 PM
As a gun owner I believe we need some common sense restrictions on the capacity of the fire arms out there. We need better mental health resources and better screening for gun owning familys. why do you need fire arms capable of firing close to 100 rounds a minute. Why would any sane person fill her house with firearms with a mentally troubled son living there. If gun owners and manufacturers can’t use common sense then the public needs to restrict there behavior.
R W Maier January 07, 2013 at 12:46 AM
Ron, please specify what you mean by “common sense restrictions”. Also as a gun owner you must know that there are people that can fire 6 rounds from an old fashioned revolver in a second. With speed loaders these relics from the 19th century can be fired rapidly. Do you propose outlawing the old western six gun too?
Michael Mercier February 09, 2013 at 02:34 AM
I think it is disgusting when politicians like Esty use dead children for their political gain. How dare they use such a tragedy to try to disarm us law abiding citizens. They are enemies of the Constitution. Make no mistake about it. Politicians pushing gun control see dead children as an opportunity. They are sick.

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