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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 03:03 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.....
Dave January 06, 2013 at 05:13 AM
She is The new 5th district Rep. in DC. The crime happened in the 4th Himes district. But you are right what does she know about guns? Hopefully she is and expert on mental illness where the problem exists. Unfortunately for us is we live in a New England State where from the Gov. to the President are all democrats so this will only be a one sided panel. No clue just new laws.
Paul Singley January 06, 2013 at 02:09 PM
Newtown is actually in the Fifth District, Esty's district. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connecticut's_5th_congressional_district
Mike McClain January 06, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Email or Call Esty directly. Remember she works for us. Let your voice be heard. This should be more of a panel on mental health and how our health care system has failed once again and will continue to do so unless it is fixed. The politicians knee jerk reaction is always the same more laws and restrictions on responsible gun owners. Who was irresponsible was that psycho paths mother. She is the one responsible for this that psychopathy never should of has access to those weapons.
TJ Billings January 06, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Mike: If ANY congress man or woman worked for us, then we wouldn't have the nonsense of the fiscal cliff, a former downgrade in the debt ceiling fiasco, etc. Once congress has term limits, then I will agree that they work for the people. However, they work for whatever constituents that will be funding their next election and/or providing the population to get them elected. Further, we have the least number of moderate congress people in history with many of the remaining ones having just retired. Even the White House is demonstrating an unwillingness to negotiate as the government continues to spend in the trillions beyond its means.
Dave January 06, 2013 at 04:54 PM
Thanks Paul my mistake Newtown is in the 5th district and Esty just won the election in Nov.. She is a brand new congress woman and hopefully she will be of some help in that district. Hopefully she will be mindful that her district contains much of the prime hunting areas in Ct. and that she represents many gun owners and sportsmen here in Ct. Remember a criminal did that horrific deed and was mentally ill. Hopefully she will represent the law abiding gun owners in our state and not just yes man Biden. I also hope that all on that commission go out to the gun range and get the training every permit carrier and hunters go through before they make any new laws that will remove rights from law abiding citizens of the USA. Sports shooting and competition shooting must also be considered. No can stop a criminal from committing a crime if that is their intention to do so. Remember the old saying locks are for keeping honest people honest. Dave S.
Dave January 06, 2013 at 05:01 PM
WE also have only Democrats in Washington dc that represent the entire Northeastern States. That is a huge population were only one point of view will be represented in DC.
Mary Beth Nelsen January 06, 2013 at 06:49 PM
She represents me, and I sure hope she addresses the "need" for hunters to use Bushmaster semi-automatics and 30-round magazines to shoot deer.
Will Wilkin January 06, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Guns made for killing human beings should only be in the hands of members in good standing of a well-regulated militia. Hunters only need single-shot rifles or shotguns. The amount of firepower private citizens have today was completely unknown and impossible in 1789, when the concept "to bear arms" had a martial sense and was a collective right of the states, alien to today's insanity of personal militarism with zero attachment to a well-regulated militia. The Constitution described the Militia as regulated by Congress, under the control of officers appointed by the state, and subject to the command of the President in times of emergency. Those members of the militia were liable to conscription by the state or the President, and those members who broke discipline were subject to court-martial. We need a return to Constitutional law.
Dave January 07, 2013 at 02:36 AM
Hunt Much? So deer would be the only animal these guns would be used for? What about bear, mountian lions,cayote,wolf, wild hogs? this is a huge country and Ct is just a very small part of it. Would you suggest a golfer not be able to own his own clubs (after all Martha Moxley was murdered with one) and have to rent or buy them every time he went away on a trip? How about a gutairist giving a concert in another state? You see that is no differant than a gun is to a hunter from Ct. travaling to hunt anywhere in the USA. Even if the game they want to hunt is not here in Ct, these rifles have a perpose for sportsmen everywhere in the good old USA. Last I heard this was a free country and if I wanted to purchase one for target practice or home defence I should be able to. Wouldn't be the first time I baught something just becuase. How about you? That is our right and no ones buiness but our own.
Mary Beth Nelsen January 08, 2013 at 02:13 PM
Dave- a decent hunter can shoot any animal with a single- shot rifle or shotgun. If you need a semi-automatic with a 30-round clip to take down an unarmed animal, maybe you should consider another hobby, like playing the guitar. Which, by the way, is also ineffective for hunting, or executing 26 people in under ten minutes.
Dave January 08, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Again you think deer are the only game hunted. What about predator hunting like I mentioned in my last post? Would a Rancher in Texas or Alabama want to use a single shot gun when hunting feral hogs?There are states that allow you to hunt them from a helicopter if you choose. How about a hunter in Montana, Alaska, or any where else hunters track different types of dangerous game? What If I wanted to go on a hunting trip, would I be able to bring the correct riffle with me? You are also leaving out people that shoot for sport and competition. It's just like any other sport people choose to participate in. Didn't the country allow student to participate in gun clubs in their schools and actually kept their guns in school for that reason? If an American chooses to own a firearm that is there own private business. Can you tell me how the gun ban and all the laws made for guns in Ct. kept the nut job from doing what he did? MR. Looney (D) New Haven is jumping on the gun control band wagon proposing laws on ammo that already exist just so he can campaign on the knee jerk issue. Why not mental heath issues and getting them help before this happens? That would be way too hard and too expensive so the politicians won't consider it.
Dave January 10, 2013 at 09:34 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/obama-signs-law-giving-himself-bush-lifetime-secret-184305122--politics.html

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