Congresswoman Esty to Serve on Gun Violence Prevention Task Force

"We can’t allow the loss of innocent life we saw in Newtown to happen again," Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty said in a statement.


Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-5th) has been selected to serve as a vice chairman on the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, which was formed last month in the wake of the tragic school shooting in Newtown to investigate steps Congress should take to reduce gun violence.

“I’m honored to be named to the leadership team for the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force,” said Esty, who beat Republican Andrew Roraback in the Fifth Congressional District race in the November election, in a press release issued just one day after she was sworn in. “As the Representative for Newtown and as a mother, I feel a special responsibility to that community and to the parents who have suffered such unimaginable horror."

"We can’t allow the loss of innocent life we saw in Newtown to happen again," Esty added. "We can’t allow the loss of innocent life that we have seen far too often in Waterbury and Meriden and far too many of our cities and our towns to continue. The status quo is unacceptable, and action is long overdue."

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced the formation of the task force last month following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary which took the lives of 27 people, including 20 students.

U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson of California will serve as chairman of the task force, which is expected to present its first proposals on gun control by early February.

“Having met with law enforcement, our first responders, mental health professionals, and community leaders in Newtown and across our state, it is clear to me that we must take comprehensive action," Esty said. "That means commonsense, federal gun-safety policies that work as well as making a firm and lasting commitment to mental health services."

Tax Man January 06, 2013 at 03:40 AM
Hopefully she consults more people that understand the laws and are experts in the field more than Looney by his last bill. I'm not saying she cant be productive in this matter yet we assign people in this state as a rule that are not qualified in their obligations yet only as political heads. I have an idea... As this is in discussion on the Sandy Hook Tragedy perhaps we should ask our BOE members nationwide on what they are doing or have done. Let's be honest we should start at home and not wait for another committee report. Go to your next town BOE meeting and demand answers or at least a protocol now for safety. I think you may get more of a reaction quicker than another State Com.....
D Rybarczyk January 06, 2013 at 12:53 PM
Shame on Patch for neglecting to say that this “task force” is entirely a creation of the Democrat party. This is important information, because politicians in general, and Democrats in particular, are prone to ignore inconvenient facts in pursuit of their agenda. Newtown occurred despite Connecticut having among the most restrictive gun laws, and despite “gun-free school zones.” Similarly, Chicago is well-known for its gun controls - and its stellar murder rate. Meanwhile, nearby states such as Maine and Vermont have among the lowest rates of “gun violence” Murderers will find any means to accomplish their vile ends. Far better if the “task force” exhibitied some wisdom, and focused instead on the genuine root cause -- the mental health of these perpetrators.
Thomas Soukup January 06, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Once Elizabeth Esty and company find a way to eliminate all guns from our society, the root of the problem will still remain. They need to look no further than the mental health of those demented individuals who would commit such acts. Not having guns, will simply force these sick people to use alternate more destructive means to terrorize society. Without going into detail, the reality of mass destruction exists, so Congresswoman Esty might consider removing the word "Gun" from her so called "Task Force",as the problem will be much broader in scope than she now realizes
Paul Camoia January 06, 2013 at 03:13 PM
We need to eliminate bad parenting from our society. It was never this bad. How did we get here?
oldtimer January 06, 2013 at 06:01 PM
As a law abiding,mentally stable carry permit holder and NRA member, I/we are not the problem. But you already know that. I feel that a lot of politicos are hopping on the gun band wagon to justify their paychecks and future re-elections. Just my opinion.
John Symon January 06, 2013 at 07:53 PM
She doesn't represent Ridgefield.
D Rybarczyk January 06, 2013 at 08:33 PM
...but she has national visibility and influence.
oldtimer January 06, 2013 at 08:58 PM
Patrick submitted his story to the "Ridgefield" Patch. Conversation has been started. I want to hear more opinions.


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