Congresswoman Anna Eshoo 4/3/13 E-Mail on Gun Control
|Representative Rep. Anna G. Eshoo <CA18AEima@mail.house.gov>|
|Message From Rep. Anna G. Eshoo|
|Wed, Apr 3, 2013 12:52 pm|
April 3, 2013
Dear Mrs/Mr Mohr,
Thank you for contacting me to share your thoughts about federal gun policy. I welcome your input on this critical issue, and as the unspeakable tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, illustrates, our country is long overdue for meaningful action in this area.
I believe we can and should take immediate steps to address the role of weapons of war in civil society. For too long, unreasonable forces have insisted that gun control policy be “all or nothing”—preventing serious consideration in Congress of virtually any gun control proposal, no matter how common-sense it is.I reject this shortsighted view, and believe our nation now faces a “tipping point” whereby meaningful action finally lies within reach.
First and foremost, we must reinstate the federal assault weapons ban which was allowed to expire in 2004. I’ve consistently voted for measures, including the Brady Bill and the Assault Weapons Ban, to protect the public from crime and safeguard the rights of responsible, law abiding citizens to own firearms. Secondly, we must take steps to improve the system of background checks for gun purchases—including closure of the “gun show loophole” that allows virtually anyone to purchase a weapon with little-to-no accountability. Third, we should limit the availability of high-capacity ammunition magazines, which are a key contributing factor to the lethality of many mass-shootings.
I look forward to the 113th Congress’ consideration of Senator Feinstein’s legislation to reinstate the Assault Weapons Ban. During the 112th Congress, I was a cosponsor of H.R. 1781, the Fix Gun Checks Act, which improved the background check database for gun purchasers and closed the gun show loophole. I was also a cosponsor of H.R. 308, the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act, and H.R. 6241, the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act, which would ban the large ammunition magazines frequently used in mass shootings and prohibit online sales of ammunition. These proposals do nothing to infringe upon the ability of sensible gun owners to use their firearms for recreational, subsistence, or other legitimate purposes.
I will continue to support sensible gun control legislation in the 113th Congress, and should any proposals come before me in the House, rest assured your important thoughts will inform my vote.
If you have any other questions or comments, let me hear from you. I value what my constituents say to me, and I always need your thoughts and benefit from your ideas.
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.Anna G. Eshoo
Member of Congress