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Elizabeth E.
Democrat CT 5

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  • Supporting Presidential Actions to Reduce Gun Violence

    by Representative Elizabeth H. Esty

    Posted on 2016-01-06

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    ESTY asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.) Ms. ESTY. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of the President's actions to address our Nation's epidemic of gun violence.

    Yesterday at the White House, I joined with families from Newtown, Connecticut, which I am proud to represent, and with families from across this great country as the President outlined four steps within the current law to improve gun violence prevention.

    First, strengthening background checks. If you are in the business of selling firearms, whether at a gun show or online, your customers should have to go through a background check.

    Second, improving enforcement of the background check system so that it works better and faster.

    Third, expanding access to mental health treatment and to tear down barriers to implementing existing law.

    And, fourth, directing lifesaving new research into innovative technologies to make guns safer.

    These are small but meaningful steps to address a public health crisis about which this House has been astoundingly silent. It is time for this House to honor the victims of gun violence, not with moments of silence, but with days of action. We can and we must do better to save American lives.


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