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House Democrats name vice chairs of gun-violence task force
The Hill ^ | 1/05/13 | Mike Lillis

Posted on 01/06/2013 6:49:03 AM PST by Libloather

House Democrats have named the leaders of a new panel designed to fight gun violence.

The task force, formed in the wake of last month's shooting massacre in Newtown, Conn., will be led by lawmakers as diverse as Reps. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), an ardent supporter of gun control; John Dingell (Mich.), a long-time ally of the National Rifle Association; and Ron Barber (D-Ariz.), who was injured in the Tucson shooting that almost killed former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.).

Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), appointed chairman of the panel last month by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), said the group's task will be two-fold: "To reduce and prevent gun violence while also protecting the rights of law-abiding individuals without a history of dangerous mental illness to own legitimate firearms for legitimate purposes."

The other vice chairs are Democratic Reps. Bill Enyart (Ill.), a military veteran; Elizabeth Esty (Conn.), who represents Newtown; Chaka Fattah (Penn.), an advocate of gun-buyback programs; Grace Napolitano (Calif.), a mental-healthcare advocate; Ed Perlmutter (Colo.), who represents the town of Aurora, where a gunman shot 70 people at a movie theater last summer; David Price (N.C.), senior Democrat on the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee; Bobby Scott (Va.), senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime; Jackie Speier (Calif.), who was shot during a 1978 trip to investigate the notorious Jonestown cult in South America; and Bennie Thompson (Miss.), the chairman of the Congressional Sportsman’s Caucus, a pro-hunting group.

The panel says it will meet with gun-violence experts this month and recommend prevention strategies in February.

The issue of gun violence has generated numerous headlines in recent weeks following the massacre in Newtown, where a lone gunman stormed into Sandy Hook Elementary School and fatally shot 26 people – including 20 first-graders – before turning the gun on himself.

The shooter, a 20-year-old who reportedly had a history of mental illness, had also shot and killed his mother before going to the school, bringing the death toll to 28.

President Obama has also formed a gun violence task force in the aftermath of the massacre. Led by Vice President Joe Biden, a long-time supporter of tougher gun laws, the White House panel is expected to release its recommendations this month.

Meanwhile, at least 10 gun-related bills have already been introduced in the two days the House has been in session in the 113th Congress. Two of those are Republicans bills to ease Second Amendment restrictions, though most are Democratic proposals that would put new limitations on guns or firearm accessories.

The gun reformers have a tough road ahead. The National Rifle Association has already come out defiantly against any new law that makes it more difficult to buy or own guns. And Republican leaders on Capitol Hill have indicated they agree.

"We’re going to take a look at what happened there [in Newtown] and what can be done to help avoid it in the future," Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), the incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which oversees gun laws, told Roll Call last month. "But gun control is not going to be something that I would support."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; guns; house; secondamendment; taskforce; violence
"own legitimate firearms for legitimate purposes."

There should be a crushing debt task force.

1 posted on 01/06/2013 6:49:13 AM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

I wonder if they are going to pass a law making it illegal to murder someone.....


2 posted on 01/06/2013 6:55:36 AM PST by wrench
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To: Libloather

“”will be led by lawmakers as diverse “”

Sure doesn’t look very diverse to me...

And what the heck are “violence experts?”


3 posted on 01/06/2013 6:57:51 AM PST by Thank You Rush
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To: Libloather

Don’t let them do this. If they get their way. It will all be over.


4 posted on 01/06/2013 6:58:38 AM PST by dforest
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To: Libloather

Since we know there are more motorcycle deaths in America than by rifle...there needs to be a motorcycle death task force.

Since we have around a thousand people a year die by salmonella....then we ought to have a salmonella task force.

Since we know more American die by hammer or blunt force, than by mass shootings....then we ought to have a blunt force task force.

Since we know over a ten-year period...that almost 10k Americans died in farm-related accidents, then we ought to have a farm accident task force.

Since we know generally 700 people die each year from boating accidents...ten times the average number from mass shootings...then we ought to have a boat accident task force.

Since we know that various Senators and Representatives run corruption and investment schemes to benefit themselves or their contributors....then we ought to have a corruption task force.

Yes, on and on and on....only a task force will fix what ails America. Personally, I think if we just had a Bigfoot Task Force....we could finally get to the bottom of all these Bigfoot sightings.


5 posted on 01/06/2013 7:01:18 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: Libloather

They’re a bunch of weasels looking for ways to weasel us out of our RKBA. The house needs to throw any recommendations they come up with in the trash can. They have all made it perfectly clear that they’re trying to incrementally whittle away at gun rights until there are no gun rights. Furthermore, they don’t have half the support for their cause that they think they have. They create the illusion of broad based support for their agenda through control of the media. A handful of so called journalists, aided by a handful of radical liberal politicians, repeat the same carefully crafted propaganda over and over again trying to bend reality to their will instead of simply reporting on reality as journalists should. Don’t fall for it GOP or you’ll find yourselves out of work come the midterms. You work for us, not them.


6 posted on 01/06/2013 7:06:24 AM PST by RC one (.From My Cold Dead Hands.)
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To: RC one

BOHICA!

):^(


7 posted on 01/06/2013 7:07:33 AM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: Libloather

You what I would like to see, a Million Hunter/Defensive gun march on Washington DC specifically Congress in open carry. Preferably unloaded ( so we don’t have an accident).


8 posted on 01/06/2013 7:08:08 AM PST by Rappini (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: Libloather

though most are Democratic proposals that would put new limitations on guns or firearm accessories.

Those proposals are best viewed in the House members toilet rooms, since thats all they are fit for...

Crushing debt task force...LOL...I’ll pay attention if there is ever one of those....


9 posted on 01/06/2013 7:09:18 AM PST by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
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To: Libloather
"own legitimate firearms for legitimate purposes." There should be a crushing debt task force.

There was one. Look what it got us. Crushing debt.

10 posted on 01/06/2013 7:13:00 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Libloather
We need a task force to gather evidence and prosecute elected officials who violate their oath of office.

Don't like "assault weapons" or "high capacity clips" or guns with a "thing that goes up" then propose an amendment and let the people vote. Otherwise you are violating your oath to support and defend the Constitution and we the people are obligated to remove you from office and prosecute you.

11 posted on 01/06/2013 7:13:39 AM PST by precisionshootist
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To: Libloather

Typical Democrat misleading worthless kabuki theater from the Democrats. THEY ARE NOT IN CHARGE, and these panels are just theatre. The article never mentions that these aren’t official HOUSE sanctioned panels; they even go so far as to try to connect a Republican chair of a ‘real’ committee to give their BS little show some credence.

All Kabuki Theatre....


12 posted on 01/06/2013 7:15:28 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Thank You Rush
And what the heck are “violence experts?”


13 posted on 01/06/2013 7:16:38 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Libloather
Where's the (Republican?) Self Defense Panel? Who's going to lead/chair that panel??

There should be a crushing debt task force.

No kidding...more distractions to take our eyes off REAL problems they're NOT addressing, while they strip away more of our rights.

14 posted on 01/06/2013 7:18:38 AM PST by Jane Long (Philippians 2:11)
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To: Rappini

I’d head to DC for that!


15 posted on 01/06/2013 7:28:00 AM PST by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: Thank You Rush
They have quite a selection of people who are victims of gun violence, but no one who understands the value of guns in the hands of law abiding citizens. Wonder why they wouldn't ask a few of these people to be on their little committee?

Jeanne Assam

Susanna Gratia Hupp

Nick Meli

Sarah McKinley

Mikael Gross and Tracy Bridges

Joel Myrick

Probably because choosing these people wouldn't guarantee the results they were looking for.

16 posted on 01/06/2013 7:30:31 AM PST by FLAMING DEATH (I'm not racist - I hate Biden too!)
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To: Libloather

It’s failed before it begins.

Laws cannot and will never prevent a crime. Laws are there to define the crime and outline the punishment for committing the crime.

There is only one way to prevent a crime. That is to stop it when it is happening. Force on force is the only way to stop these mass murders.

I hear a lot of people saying that it’s the Government doing these. I don’t believe that but that would be one reason why the Dems don’t want force on force capability for the would be victims. It would blow open that kind of operation in no time flat.


17 posted on 01/06/2013 7:49:30 AM PST by BCR #226 (02/07 SOT www.extremefirepower.com...The BS stops when the hammer drops.)
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To: Libloather
The panel says it will meet with gun-violence experts the Brady Bunch this month and recommend prevention strategies in February.
18 posted on 01/06/2013 7:58:10 AM PST by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: Libloather

Oh thats a diverse panel all right. LMAO


19 posted on 01/06/2013 8:01:41 AM PST by Venturer
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To: pepsionice

Please don’t give them any ideas. Because 0bama will do it & call it creating jobs.


20 posted on 01/06/2013 8:57:32 AM PST by KGeorge
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To: Libloather

Do like the journal. Nationally publish all their home addresses and Google Earth pics of their homes.


21 posted on 01/06/2013 8:58:02 AM PST by Renegade
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To: Libloather

If so called Republicans are the majority of the House; how come the Dems are making all of the decisions?


22 posted on 01/06/2013 10:16:04 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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