Rep. Waxman Urges Action on Specific Public Health and Safety Initiatives to Curb Gun Violence

Jan 11, 2013

Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman sent letters to Vice President Joe  Biden and Rep. Mike Thompson, Chair of the House Democratic Caucus Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, outlining three specific sets of actions that should be taken to address gun violence in this country.  These areas include gun safety standards, public health research, and mental health research and coverage.

In the letters, Rep. Waxman writes, “I know you are considering important proposals to reduce gun violence by requiring background checks for all firearm and ammunition purchases, limiting the size of ammunition feeding devices, fixing the straw purchaser loophole, and banning assault weapons.  But experts agree:  the prevalence of guns and gun violence in our society is not just a criminal justice problem; it is also a public health and safety problem. Accordingly, as part of any initiative to address gun violence in this country, we should also advance public health and safety initiatives.”

In the new Congress, Rep. Waxman will be working with interested members to introduce legislation to achieve these public health and safety objectives. The full text of the letters to Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Mike Thompson and details of the specific sets of actions recommended are available online.