Rep. Horsford’s Statement on PBO’s Call for Gun Violence Reduction

Washington DC – Today, after the President’s call to action to address the epidemic of gun violence, Congressman Steven Horsford (NV-4) released the following statement:

“I approach gun safety as a parent of three young children and the son of a father who lost his life to gun violence. My daughter is the same age as the kids whose lives were taken from them, and my heart still breaks for the victims in Newtown. It is time for us to step up: if we can prevent another mass shooting or save just one life, we have to act.

“There is no single bill that will end the epidemic of gun violence, but we need to do what we can to make sure our children and our communities are safe.

“Universal background checks can help prevent those who are legally prohibited from buying a gun from obtaining what can become a dangerous weapon. Military-style assault weapons do not belong on our streets, and neither do high-capacity magazines that are designed to inflict maximum damage.

“This is not about taking guns away from law-abiding citizens. I support the Second Amendment and the right of individuals to bear arms for recreation, hunting, or self-defense. That does not mean we cannot have reasonable gun laws to keep military designed weapons out of our neighborhoods and communities. We need to come together as a country and have a serious conversation about how to make our malls, movie theaters, and schools safe again.”