White House Gathering On Gun Violence

May 25, 2016

Rep. William Tong, House chairman of the Judiciary Committee, joined Vice President Joe Biden, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and officials from throughout the nation Tuesday to discuss ways to keep communities safer by reducing gun violence.

“In our own state of Connecticut, let alone throughout America, people are dying every day because of gun violence,” Tong said. “In the past decade, more than 100,000 people have died as a result of gun violence across the nation, and we must continue searching for common-sense answers. In our own state, we have been working hard to reduce the violence, and I believe this conference will help our efforts.”

Tong led the House of Representatives last month in passing legislation aimed at reducing gun violence by requiring the surrender of firearms after a temporary restraining order is issued in cases of domestic abuse.

Earlier this year, President Obama announced a series of commonsense steps to keep guns out of the wrong hands, to make communities safer from gun violence, to increase mental health treatment and reporting, and to help shape the future of gun safety technology.

In keeping with the President’s commitment to reduce gun violence, the White House hosted the Gun Violence Prevention gathering to bring together governors, attorneys general, state legislators, city and county officials, and tribal leaders to discuss progress being made at the local level across the country.

Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s senior adviser for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement, said the facts about gun violence are undeniable.

  • More than 100,000 people have died as a result of gun violence in America over the past decade.
  • Millions more have been the victim of assaults, robberies and other crimes involving a gun – and many of these crimes have been committed by people who should not have been able to purchase a gun.
  • Hundreds of thousands of Americans have committed suicide with a gun while hundreds of law enforcement officers have been shot to death in the line of service.

"That is why the Obama Administration has taken significant steps to reduce gun violence, and why we will continue calling on Congress to pass the kinds of commonsense reforms supported by the vast majority of the American people, including the vast majority of gun owners,” Jarrett said.

“It is also why we are seeing so much great progress in states and cities across the nation. In Connecticut, for example, the Governor introduced and will soon sign legislation that protects victims of domestic violence by preventing people served with temporary restraining orders from keeping their guns.

“In Oregon, the state legislature committed to keeping firearms out of the hands of violent criminals, by passing legislation requiring background checks for all private sales of firearms. In San Francisco, Mayor Ed Lee is spearheading an effort to use technology to reduce gun violence,” Jarrett said.