Law and Politics

Gun Violence Must End

February 18, 2013
Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator

The President is right. It's been more than two months since the Newtown tragedy, and Congress has to act. As the President said, "This is not the first time this country has debated how to reduce gun violence.

But this time is different. Overwhelming majorities of Americans – Americans who believe in the Second Amendment – have come together around common sense reform."

That’s why I’m calling on my colleagues in both chambers to work with President Obama and pass common sense gun safety policies. We need to end gun trafficking, crack down on the black market, expand background checks, reinstate the assault weapons ban and do away with high-capacity magazines.

These reforms will save lives, but only if we pass them. Now is our moment.

The public is on our side. The President has once again made it clear that he is determined to see this through.

Our children are counting on us. We can’t let them down.

February 18, 2013

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