Congressman Lowenthal Applauds Presidential Action To Address Gun Violence Epidemic

January 5, 2016
Press Release
Congressman Alan Lowenthal today released the following statement regarding the executive actions taken by President Barack Obama to address gun violence:

"We are facing a public health crisis when it comes to gun violence in this nation.

"I am glad the President took these actions today. They are a good first step that I hope will push Congress to wholeheartedly address the issue. But, we must be realistic. This is just one step on what will be a long journey toward addressing gun violence. Any real solution at the policy level will need to be a comprehensive and bipartisan effort.

"An excellent starting point would be for Congress to build on President Obama's executive action and pass the bipartisan King-Thompson legislation introduced last year that will strengthen background checks and close dangerous loopholes.

"It is staggering the amount of proposed gun violence legislation introduced just last year in Congress that was never even discussed. This has to change. We have to start talking about this epidemic that is killing more than 30 Americans every day. We have to start moving forward with legislation like the King-Thompson bill. I sincerely hope that the President's executive actions will be the impetus to begin that conversation and the motivation for our nation's legislators to actualize real solutions."