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."

Joseph C Moore, USN Ret January 06, 2013 at 12:52 PM
Congressman Esty, if you are truly serious about such occurrences, get rid of the "Safe for Criminal Mayhem Zones". The terrible tragedies are proliferating by criminal and mental elements who are NOT the law abiding arms owner. One armed, uniform guard is not the answer either as he will be the first target of the criminal. The answer is trained weapons permit owners who are indistinguishable from the other adults. Those ( teachers who are responsible for student safety), who volunteer, pass background checks and are given proper training should be given ccp's and they would be IMMEDIATE first responders to prevent such mass slaughter. If you cannot fathom that, you should NOT be a representative. Safety is not proposing more dangerous legislation on the law abiding citizen.
Jim LaFlam January 06, 2013 at 04:14 PM
I would love to see one of our elected officials actually say what their plan is to stop crazy people from hurting innocent people.
Dan Gaita February 23, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Is anyone considering additional requirements for childcare/daycare centers? I know some conservatives have blocked recommendations to require surveillance and other measures meant to improve/ensure safety and accountability.


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