Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a former federal prosecutor, outspoken legislator on gun violence, and currently serving as a member of the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, praised President Barack Obama's announcement today of a series of executive orders, Congressional legislation and administrative actions to address the number of gun violence tragedies across our nation. Schiff released this statement:
"This morning I joined with other Congress Members, Vice President Biden, and the families of many of the twenty children and six adults killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School to hear the President's plan to address the scourge of gun violence in our nation. The President articulated a reasonable set of proposals – both through executive order and Congressional action – that will keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill, while respecting the right of law-abiding Americans to own a gun.
"As the President described, this requires a multifaceted approach, including universal background checks, making sure we keep better mental health records, banning high capacity ammunition clips, and reinstating and improving the Assault Weapons Ban. I am looking forward to continuing to work with the House Gun Violence Task Force to move gun violence prevention legislation through Congress, including a bill I am introducing to ensure that victims of gun violence have the same rights to hold gun makers and gun sellers accountable for negligence, and reintroducing legislation I authored last session to crack down on straw purchasers of guns who assist others in illegally obtaining weapons without background checks."