Saturday, January 5, 2013

Congressman Peter Welch Vermont At Large Congressional District Responds

Keep them coming! The latest is from Vermont's sole Representative in the House, Peter Welch.  We were happy to see this one come in given our previous post on the Mayor from Barre. It is great that so many of our readers are doing their part to let their voices be heard. Clearly we are only posting the responses, but this is just proof that these Representatives and Senators are being contacted. We hope this is the case for everyone in Congress. Send any response you received to 


Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the horrific slaughter of twenty six people, including twenty children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.  I appreciate hearing from you.

The unspeakable tragedy in Newtown was a transformational moment in the national conversation on gun violence. There should be no conflict between protecting innocent children from slaughter and preserving the constitutional rights of law abiding citizens. It is time for America to reach a long overdue consensus on practical steps to prevent similar tragedies from happening again.  

Common sense gun legislation should be part of the solution.  I intend to work with the President and Congress to support legislation that would place restrictions on the sale of assault weapons and limit high capacity ammunition clips.  We must also find a better way to prevent mentally unstable individuals from obtaining a gun. We should ensure that federal agencies, as well as state and local law enforcement authorities, are sharing relevant information to improve the effectiveness of background checks. We should find ways to address the gruesome violence on display to our children every day through television, movies and video games. And we must, even in an era of fiscal restraint, improve mental health services at the local level.  

In Vermont, we are fortunate not to have experienced gun violence on the scale of Newtown.  And we have a long tradition of responsible gun use. Parents teach their children proper use of firearms.  Families hunt together.  And children learn about wildlife and the environment as they walk in the woods appreciating the wonder of Vermont's natural terrain.  We can preserve this tradition while also taking meaningful steps to ensure that tragedies like Newtown, Aurora, Virginia Tech and Columbine are not repeated. 

I will keep your thoughts in mind as Congress considers this issue.

Member of Congress

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