Thompson Meets With VP Biden on Gun Violence Prevention Proposals

New York OK's new gun laws; Obama to unveil proposals Wed.


North Bay Congressman Mike Thompson met Monday with Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to discuss a comprehensive approach to reduce and prevent gun violence.

At the same time, New York leaders were approving a series of new gun laws, according to the Associated Press.

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In addition, President Obama is set to unveil a list of gun control proposals on Wednesday, according to CBS News. To read that article, click here.

Thompson, D-St. Helena, is chair of a congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. Vice-chairs of the task force also joined the group on Monday.

“Meaningful progress towards reducing and preventing gun violence cannot be made by just one branch of government,” said Thompson, who last week led a series of public forums in the North Bay on the issue.

“Our task force looks forward to working with the Vice President, the Obama Administration and all stakeholders to enact a comprehensive set of proposals that both respects the and helps keep our schools, streets and communities safe from gun violence,” Thompson said
Congressman Thompson was joined in the meeting by vice-chairs of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force: Rep. Ron Barber (AZ), Rep. John D. Dingell (MI), Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT), Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (NY), Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO), Rep. Bobby Scott (VA) and Rep. Jackie Speier (CA).
Over the next several weeks 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.

Wire January 18, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Holder pleads with court to stop document release on Obama gun-running scandal... Enough said!
Doug Strickland January 18, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Lorie, correlations are not as simple as causal relationships. High crime rates are most likely when there is a large disparity between the socioeconomic groups. Cram a bunch of rich and poor in a place with little economic opportunity and watch what happens to crime rates. Also, you've mistakenly stated that I want to "take away guns and ammunition from those who will most likely do not, have not, will not commit a gun involved crime". I have not suggested that we take anything from anyone. I'm only trying to have a conversation and learn something. I don't have an answer to gun violence, or violence in general. I own guns, I'm mentally intact, and haven't ever killed anyone unlawfully while using a gun. I also do NOT believe in the NRA's hysteria over gun confiscation - that's a pile of fear mongering. I think that one of the greatest things we can accomplish now is exposing the stranglehold that the NRA has on our government and culture..
Wire January 18, 2013 at 04:42 PM
It's not reported in the SF Gate, not even the Redwood City Patch, but in the San Jose Mercury 1 day ago – A North Fair Oaks jewelry store owner said three masked men -- one ... Palo Alto and Redwood City police departments, search dogs and a California ... A handgun thought to be associated with the attempted robbery was ... The manager came out after their gun was drawn at an employee. Two had hammers to bust open the glass cases. The manager came out and pointed a bigger handgun and the three took off and jumped into the waiting car. In the excitement the car's driver crash the vehicle and the four went running terrorizing the neighbor hood's back yard. What not even being reported a 22 year old woman called her father and he was held up by the police as they closed down his neighborhood as he was coming home for lunch. After seeing a stranger in their backyard he told her get the shotgun out and load it. If you have to use it.
Doug Strickland January 18, 2013 at 05:33 PM
I really wish I could understand whatever it is you are trying to say...
Wire February 02, 2013 at 03:29 AM
California unable to disarm 19,700 felons, our state can't afford to hire to keep you safe, they figure two hand guns per FELON, plus that stat is growing by a thousand a year. Over taxed, over regulated, not enough money to keep you safe. Oakland loses California Highway Patrol cops amid crime surge or is it a flood? http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-74211487/


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