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Rep. Speier to Serve as Vice Chair of Gun Violence Prevention Task Force

Congresswoman has first hand experience of what it's like to be at the wrong end of a gun.

One day after being sworn into office as a member of the 113th Congress, Jackie Speier was named as a Vice Chair of a new congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force led by Congressman Mike Thompson (D-Napa). The task force will investigate new steps Congress can take now and in the future to reduce gun violence and prevent massacres like the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

“We can turn the corner on gun violence with bold leadership and action. The victims of Newtown, Aurora, Oak Creek, Virginia Tech and Tucson deserve no less. It is time for Congress to enact common sense violence prevention laws that keep assault weapons and high capacity assault magazines out of our communities and require full background checks on all gun purchases,” said Speier in a release.

Speier has first hand knowledge of gun violence.  She was Legislative Counsel to Congressman Leo Ryan in 1978 when she accompanied him to investigate the People’s Temple cult in Jonestown, Guyana. Congressman Ryan was assassinated, and Speier was shot five times at close range. She still carries two of the bullets in her body. Since that time, she has been a consistent advocate of gun control, and carried assault weapons ban legislation in California twenty years ago.

“It’s important to note that every day brings the equivalent of a mass murder when 33 people are killed in this country at the hands of guns,” said Speier in the release.  “Enough is enough. It’s time to put public safety and public health first.” 

Over the next month the task force will hold a number of meetings and hearings with different experts designed to identify the best policies to reduce and prevent gun violence. A comprehensive set of policy proposals will be released by the task force in early February.

Regarding her role in the 113th Congress Speier said, “It is a privilege to serve my constituents in the 14th District of California and all Americans. I pray we will come together to find solutions for the many challenges that confront us and heed the words of our Congressional seal --E Pluribus Unum: Out of many, one.”

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carole mason January 05, 2013 at 06:40 PM
I am into banning baseball bats, cars, box cutters, they have killed more people than guns. Wakee upee Jackie...and stop tooting your horn we do not care. We will defend our selves and protect our families and neighbors if necessary from criminals and those who want to do us harm.
George Robinson January 05, 2013 at 08:21 PM
If you could ban guns from criminals that would be wonderful. The law already bans guns from criminals and the mentally unstable. These are the people that are killing people with guns so the bans don't work and will not work. But those that don't know anything about guns or the use of them but just don't like them want to ban them from the rest of the population. There is an extreamly small percentage of legal gun owners that committ crime with their guns. These are the only guns that the government has the ability to ban. Doing so removes them from the responsible owners taking away their means of defending themselves from the criminals (not to mention the sporting uses most have them for).
Jo Tog January 10, 2013 at 11:51 PM
Hey Jackie, if you banned guns you would be killing millions of innocents. Read this. http://thenewamerican.com/usnews/crime/item/14179-gun-saves-lives-of-california-pharmacy-owner-and-mother

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