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."

Tax Man January 06, 2013 at 03:35 AM
Hopefully she consults more people that understand the laws and are experts in the field more than Looney by his last bill. I'm not saying she cant be productive in this matter yet we assign people in this state as a rule that are not qualified in their obligations yet only as political heads. I have an idea... As this is in discussion on the Sandy Hook Tragedy perhaps we should ask our BOE members nationwide on what they are doing or have done. Let's be honest we should start at home and not wait for another committee report. Go to your next town BOE meeting and demand answers or at least a protocol now for safety. I think you may get more of a reaction quicker than another State Com.....
JulieShoes January 06, 2013 at 07:38 PM
Why doesn't Pelosi form a task force that focuses on violence in the entertainment industry? Oh, wait....because the Democrats are backed by Hollywood, so why would they think to bite the hands that feed them!! People need to start getting real...not only are the most popular video games those ones that promote guns and killing, our top box office smashes idealizing A list Hollywood stars brandishing weapons and going on killing sprees, but parents are buying the games and movie tickets for children who aren't even old enough for to meet the rating requirements. I don't care how "mature" a child may seem, ratings are there for a reason. In light of the recent tragedies, I also believe that there is no reason for the blatant violence Hollywood promotes. While I believe that no private citizen has ANY reason to own any type of assault weapon, I think that we need to put blame in the right place...let's stop supporting and promoting violence disguised as entertainment.
ray kelly January 07, 2013 at 02:35 AM
another newly elected incompetent APPOINTED to a committee for which she knows nothing. could have been worse could have been Murphy


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