Friday, January 18, 2013

Congressman Peters Urges Comprehensive, Common-Sense Approach to Reducing Gun Violence

Washington, D.C. -- Congressman Scott Peters today announced his support for a comprehensive approach to reducing gun violence in America and urged Congress to have a reasoned discussion that focuses on results.

“In the wake of the horrific tragedy in Newtown - and Aurora, Columbine, and Tuscon before that - there is just no way we can not do those things in our power to prevent these massacres,” Peters said. “We must have a rational and nonpartisan discussion that leads to lower rates of gun violence,” he said.

Peters said he supports a comprehensive plan, such as the one proposed by President Obama. Peters supports:

    •    Better enforcement of existing gun laws and background checks on all gun purchases so guns don’t fall into the hands of criminals and those      prone to violence;
    •    Reasonable restrictions on the types of guns and ammunition, originally intended for our military, available to civilians;
    •    More attention to mental health awareness and treatment; and
    •    Giving local law enforcement the tools they need to reduce gun violence and to keep our schools, families and neighborhoods safe.

“I fully support the Second Amendment and the right of individuals to own guns for sporting, collection, or self-protection,” Peters said. “However, law enforcement officials agree that there’s no reason for civilians to have weapons of war which end up on our streets and in our neighborhoods.”

Peters urged Congress to act now saying, “Let’s not lose this opportunity to stand up for the families of Newtown, and for all our kids and our families.”


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