Jan 5, 2016
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Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) released the following statement after attending President Obama’s announcement Tuesday regarding the President’s executive actions on gun regulation, a politically contentious issue discussed at greater length in this Washington Post article:

“I commend President Obama for taking necessary executive action to address the gun violence epidemic in our country.

Twenty-six years ago my father took his life with a gun. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of him, and that if we appropriately fund mental health research we could help millions of people who struggle with the same demons my Dad faced. In fact, although more attention is often paid to homicides, gun suicides account for more than 60 percent of gun related deaths. Today’s announcement includes critical investments in expanding mental health treatment and recordkeeping for background checks which are critical to this effort.

I have long advocated for simple, reasonable reforms that will help save lives in California and across the nation. On average, 31 Americans are murdered with guns every day, and 151 are treated for gun assault in an emergency room. The firearm homicide rate in the United States is a shocking 20 times higher than the combined rates of 22 comparable countries.

Today’s announcement is a courageous step in the right direction. The commonsense measures outlined by the President would greatly protect the lives of both our citizens and law enforcement officers. I look forward to working with the President on this and other gun safety efforts.”

The photos were provided by Rep. DeSaulnier’s office. In his Tuesday statement, DeSaulnier’s office referenced the congressman’s recent push for legislation aimed at gun safety. The legislation attempts to prevent recurring incidents like two that occurred recently in the Bay Area, claiming the lives of Kathryn Steinle and Antonio Ramos. In both of their deaths, the firearms used had been stolen from the vehicles of federal law enforcement officials.