North Bay Congressman Mike Thompson met Monday with Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to discuss a comprehensive approach to reduce and prevent gun violence.
At the same time, New York leaders were approving a series of new gun laws, according to the Associated Press.
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Thompson, D-St. Helena, is chair of a congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. Vice-chairs of the task force also joined the group on Monday.
“Meaningful progress towards reducing and preventing gun violence cannot be made by just one branch of government,” said Thompson, who last week led a series of public forums in the North Bay on the issue.
“Our task force looks forward to working with the Vice President, the Obama Administration and all stakeholders to enact a comprehensive set of proposals that both respects the and helps keep our schools, streets and communities safe from gun violence,” Thompson said
Congressman Thompson was joined in the meeting by vice-chairs of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force: Rep. Ron Barber (AZ), Rep. John D. Dingell (MI), Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT), Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (NY), Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO), Rep. Bobby Scott (VA) and Rep. Jackie Speier (CA).
Over the next several weeks the task force will hold a number of meetings and hearings with different experts designed to identify the best policies to reduce and prevent gun violence. A comprehensive set of policy proposals will be released by the task force in early February.