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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut

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Esty Statement on President’s Proposals on Gun Violence

March 12, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s proposed policy outline on gun violence in America:

“Two weeks ago when I met with the president at the White House he said that he wasn’t afraid of the NRA and that members of Congress shouldn’t be either,” Esty said. “And yet, with few exceptions, the Administration’s plan is a near total surrender to that same gun lobby. 

“The administration’s plan does nothing to expand background checks, says nothing about the gun lobby’s dangerous proposal to arm anyone, anywhere, anytime with concealed weapons, offers nothing in terms of funding for gun violence research, and only makes a modest suggestion for states to adopt extreme risk protection orders to get guns out of the hands of those who pose a danger to themselves or others. Worse still, it continues to embrace the dangerous notion that guns in the hands of educators will somehow protect our kids. 

“We need real action on gun safety in America now. That means building on the positive aspects of this proposal, such as closing the gaps in the NICS system, and giving students and educators the tools to spot and report signs of violence in our schools. It means remembering that Aurora, San Bernardino, Orlando, Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs, and countless other shootings that happened in communities across the country every day didn’t happen in classrooms at all, and that more comprehensive action is needed if we’re going to keep Americans safe everywhere.

President Trump promised to be bold and save lives. This plan fails to live up to that promise.”

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