Thursday, January 31, 2013

Congressman Lloyd Doggett Texas 35th Congressional District Responds

Our latest response is from yet another United States Congressman from Texas, Lloyd Doggett of Congressional District. Texas is a large state and quite diverse despite what some may think. The reader that sent this in also provided a video of the Congressman shortly after the shooting in Connecticut. Clearly a month has not made much of a different, so please contact your Rep if you are in Congressman Doggett's District. 

January 30, 2013


Thanks for your communication about our shared concern regarding gun violence. Words are certainly inadequate to capture the horror of the tragedy at Sandy Hook. Action is long overdue. I recently joined the newly formed Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. Now is the time to reduce the risk that another family will endure the pain of those at Sandy Hook. To see my comments on this issue on YNN Austin, please click here.

Protecting gun ownership is not inconsistent with protecting our children from weapons of war in the hands of the deranged. As the President said, "While there is no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence completely, if there is even one thing we can do to reduce this violence—if even one life can be saved—we have an obligation to try." 

The President has called on Congress to take the following actions that I fully support:

·  Eliminate loopholes and require a universal background check for anyone trying to buy a gun

·  Restore a ban on military-style assault weapons, and a 10-round limit for magazines

·  Get tougher on people who buy guns with the express purpose of turning around and selling them to criminals and punish anyone who helps them do it

·  Put more cops back on the job and back on our street, and help schools hire more counselors

About the only gun-related legislation that we have been permitted to consider in recent sessions of this Republican-controlled Congress are measures contrived by the National Rifle Association in order to falsely mark Members like me as an enemy of gun ownership. My work has consistently been attacked with an "F" rating by the NRA. I look forward to moving forward on these recommendations with my colleagues and seeking to ensure genuine action that makes a difference in the struggle to curb gun violence.

I would really like to hear your thoughts on other issues that may be considered in Congress. If you have not already, please take a moment to visit my website at Doggett.House.Gov where you can complete a survey online. I also hope that you will take this opportunity to sign up for the latest updates from my office, visit my Facebook page, follow me on Twitter, or send me an e-mail at Your views are very important to me.

Please keep me advised of federal matters with which I may be of assistance.

                                                                     Lloyd Doggett

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