WASHINGTON- Rep. Mark Takano (D-Riverside) released the following statement after President Obama announced on Jan. 5 new executive actions to address the epidemic of gun violence in America:
“I strongly support the executive actions on gun control announced today by President Obama. Every day in America we are reminded that no one is safe from gun violence. We cannot afford to do nothing as our children, friends, co-workers, and law enforcement officers are added to the long list of victims.
“The executive actions announced today will make us safer. Expanding background checks, bolstering enforcement of existing gun laws, and improving mental health services are all important steps to protecting our communities. These policies recognize the rights of law-abiding gun owners, while making it more difficult for those who would commit a violent crime to purchase a firearm.
“However, a long-term solution to our gun violence epidemic can only come from Congress. Today’s executive actions do not fill the void left by Republicans who have repeatedly blocked even basic gun control legislation.
“I call on my colleagues to accept our responsibility for protecting American lives and pass legislation to address the crisis of gun violence in America.”