Gun Violence Preventionby Representative Grace Meng
Posted on 2013-02-13
MENG. Mr. Speaker, I rise today with great passion and urgency to
talk about our need, as Members of Congress, to strengthen our Nation's
gun violence prevention laws. Last night at the State of the Union,
President Obama said it best--gun violence victims deserve a vote. From
Newtown to Aurora, Oak Creek to Tucson and Blacksburg--these victims
deserve a vote. Every day in this country, men, women and children die
from gun violence. It doesn't have to be this way. We don't have to
live in fear when we send our children to school.
I'm proud to be a member of the House Democratic Task Force on Reducing and Preventing Gun Violence. Last week, we issued a series of commonsense priorities that could make the difference in preventing future gun violence. One of the most basic priorities is implementing universal background checks. It is the only way to ensure that people who are legally barred from owning a gun are prevented from buying a gun. Right now, the law is voluntary--someone who fears failing a background check can simply avoid it by acquiring a gun from a private seller.
Another commonsense measure is a bill I introduced, the Fire Sale Loophole Closing Act, that prevents gun dealers whose licenses were revoked from reclassifying their inventory as personal and then selling the same guns as a private seller. We have to close these loopholes. These practices of getting around the law need to stop. I urge my colleagues to bring these commonsense gun safety laws to the floor for a vote because President Obama was right--our victims deserve a vote.