Thursday, January 24, 2013

Congressman Bobby Scott Virginia 3rd Congressional District Responds

Our latest response is from Virginia Congressman Bobby Scott. More information could be revealed today in regards to what we are in store for in regards to any possible legislation that may go forth, so keep hitting up your Reps. and Senators to let them know where you stand on the 2nd Amendment. 

January 22, 2013

Richmond, VA


Thank you for contacting me to express your thoughts regarding your views on the Second Amendment and gun safety legislation. I appreciate you apprising me of your views on this important issue.

As a member of the House Judiciary Committee, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, and Vice-Chair of the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, (the Task Force) I have advocated for and supported legislative efforts to reduce crime and prevent violence through comprehensive, evidence-based solutions.

Following the Columbine tragedy, I co-led a bi-partisan effort to develop juvenile crime prevention and accountability legislation that resulted in the Juvenile Accountability Block Grant Program (JABG) legislation which was cosponsored by every member of the Crime Subcommittee on both sides of the aisle and passed into law in 2002.

Most recently, I have introduced the Youth PROMISE Act, which would provide resources to state and local governments for comprehensive, evidenced-based strategies and programs to prevent violence and crime. I have also sponsored the CAMPUS Safety Act, which would create a National Center for Campus Public Safety at the Department of Justice. While my priority has been, and will continue to be, preventing violence in general, I also believe that common-sense gun safety laws help in that regard.

In the wake of recent tragedies in Aurora, Colorado and Newtown, Connecticut, Congress must review the President's proposal to address gun violence to determine what steps can be taken to reduce future incidences of gun violence. I am also looking look forward to continuing to work with Chairman Thompson and my colleagues on the Task Force to examine the President's proposals in addition to any outside proposals. Obviously one single approach to ending gun violence will not be effective. What is needed is a comprehensive, evidenced-based set of policy proposals that will help keep our communities safe from gun violence.

Please be assured that I will keep your views in mind on this issue as Congress begins to review what we can do to reduce gun violence. Please feel free to contact me in the future on other issues that may be of concern to you.

Very truly yours,
Member of Congress

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