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McCarthy Meets with Vice President Biden, Cabinet Members

Congresswoman spoke with task force from her perspective as a victim of gun violence.

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy in Washington calling on her Republican colleagues to support her bills to ban assault weapons and improve background checks.
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy in Washington calling on her Republican colleagues to support her bills to ban assault weapons and improve background checks.
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy attended a meeting Monday with Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and other members of a Congressional task force on reducing gun violence.

“The majority of Americans support policies designed to protect them from gun violence and we’re working hard to enact them,” Rep. McCarthy said. “We’re taking a holistic approach to the problem, looking at not just our commerce and safety regulations on weapons but also at our mental health, judicial and education systems. We will not let fear-mongering about taking away Second Amendment rights – which are the law of the land – deter Washington from taking reasonable and lawful measures to save innocent lives. I’m grateful that the White House is showing so much commitment to reducing gun violence and look forward to seeing the Administration’s recommendations when they’re released.”

At the meeting, Rep. McCarthy spoke from her perspective as a victim of gun violence – her husband was killed and son gravely wounded in a mass shooting on the Long Island Railroad in 1993 – as an ICU nurse, as an advocate and as a lawmaker. Rep. McCarthy told Vice President Biden and his Cabinet members about her package of legislation to reduce gun violence, including:

-          a bill to ban high-capacity assault magazines
-          the Fix Gun Checks Act, to require universal background checks and strengthen the nation’s background check database
-          a bill to ban the bulk anonymous online purchase of ammunition

Rep. McCarthy also told the group about Senator Dianne Feinstein’s new and updated assault weapons ban, the House version of which she and Rep. Ed Perlmutter of Colorado will introduce later this month. The group also discussed the need for a holistic approach to reducing violence that includes reforms to the nation’s mental health, judicial and education systems, including better early-detection of problems and better security.

Submitted by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy's office
Don Pfail January 15, 2013 at 09:46 PM
Good PR not much less.
LightEngineer January 16, 2013 at 09:36 AM
Most of the semi-automatic rifles described by the media are called high powered weapons unsuitable for civilian needs. Many police and legislators, both State and Federal, privately own semi-automatic AR-15 and AK-47 rifles for hunting, competition and self defense. Semi-automatic deer rifles also have detachable magazines in various capacities that facilitate fast reloading. The most common deer rifle cartridge is more than twice as powerful as the most common AR cartridge but most of the hunting rifles are not black and do not have a pistol grip. The inference that semi-automatic rifles are unsuitable for civilian needs exposes massive ignorance and a deceitful agenda by the media. We have only one on-duty policeman for every 2000 inhabitants in this country. At the same time we create killing fields with the stupid no carry signs that are posted in schools that prevent the one in thirty adults, including teachers who carry, from providing any deterrence to evil. I believe that this was calculated to create the tragic deaths of 93 students and faculty since the 1995 Federal law was enacted as a means of fomenting infringements on the Second Amendment with more really stupid asymmetrical laws. Enactment of more stupid asymmetrical laws has been the only result of the slaughter at Sandy Hook and it will never prevent more slaughters. Instead of focusing 110% on gun control, why not report on something more relevant and expose the current situation that we have with zero resources for mental illness. I challenge you to read the story at http://gawker.com/5968818/i-am-adam-lanzas-mother and not be moved. We need a system for institutionalizing mentally defective people against their will who are a danger to others and to themselves while preventing abuses within this system.
Bill Sweeney January 16, 2013 at 03:39 PM
McCarthy AND Biden..talk about a disaster.

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