Resolution Supporting Efforts To Reduce Gun Violence & Mass Shootings

 

13-04.29

 

WHEREAS, on December 14, 2012 a deranged killer wielding a legally and easily-obtained assault weapon with high-capacity ammunition magazines shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and killed twenty young children and six brave educators and administrators; and

WHEREAS, The massacre in Newtown was, sadly, not an anomaly as families continue to grieve as a result of shockingly similar incidents from Aurora, Colorado, to Tucson, Arizona, to Blacksburg, Virginia; and

WHEREAS, while President Obama strongly believes that the Second Amendment guarantees individuals the right to bear arms, he also believes this is the time to make common sense efforts to protect children and our communities from gun violence. There is an immediate need for regulating military-style assault weapons, high-capacity ammunition magazines, instituting universal background checks for gun purchases and allowing the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms to collect information to help establish effective policies to prevent gun trafficking and this need has never been clearer if we want to protect children and our communities from gun violence;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the California Democratic Party strongly supports efforts by U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Representative Mike Thompson and their Democratic colleagues, as well as Democratic Members of the California Legislature, to minimize the frequency and deadly reach of mass shootings in the United States.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the California Democratic Party calls on all Democratic members of Congress and the California Legislature to demonstrate courage and leadership and support the efforts of Senator Feinstein, Representative Thompson and fellow Democrats working to stop the proliferation of military-style assault weapons, minimize the frequency of mass shootings in the United States and allow agencies like the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms to collect information and evidence to help establish effective policies to prevent illegal gun trafficking.

 

 

Supported by Chairman John Burton, Stephen Gale, Joe Hall, Darrell Darling, Igor Tregub, Nick Anas, Mal Burnstein

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its April 2013 State Convention
Sacramento Convention Center
April 14, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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