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Rep. Mike Thompson Named to Lead Gun Violence Task Force

Local Democratic congressman is gun owner and hunter, he says in press release from Nancy Pelosi's office

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced today that California Congressman Mike Thompson will lead a task force to investigate new steps Congress can take now and in the future to reduce gun violence and prevent massacres like the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

“As we mourn the unspeakable tragedy in Newtown, we must respond with more than words; we must take action.  We must be able to tell our children that we are doing everything in our power to prevent this from happening again,” Leader Pelosi said. 

“I am pleased to appoint Congressman Thompson to lead our task force to reduce and prevent gun violence.  He is a Vietnam veteran and an avid hunter, and he is ideally suited to lead this effort, working with the Administration and in a bipartisan way, to ban assault weapons and assault magazines.”
 
“As a father and grandfather, I am deeply shocked and saddened by the senseless act of violence we’re mourning in Newtown,” Congressman Thompson said. “Something must be done, and so I am honored to be chairing a House Democratic task force on reducing and preventing gun violence.”

“I am a gun owner, hunter, former co-chair of the Congressional Sportsman Caucus, supporter of the second Amendment and a combat veteran who carried an assault rifle in Vietnam,” Congressman Thompson continued.  “I understand guns, their purpose and how they are used. Military-type assault weapons and assault magazines have no place on our streets or in our communities.

"We also need to consider instituting more detailed background checks and making sure appropriate mental health services are available. As chair of this task force I will be working on these issues as part of a comprehensive approach to reduce gun violence and strengthen our nation’s gun laws while protecting law abiding citizens’ right to own legitimate firearms.”

MICHAEL WILSON "Republican Kid" December 19, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Wast of tax money. We need to review mental illness first.
Belle (Orchid Lady) December 20, 2012 at 12:23 AM
RK, this issue goes hand and hand. Most non mentally I'll people don't do these things. There needs to be easier ways to help family members force treatment/therapy/evaluation on someone unstable, OTHER than the current options. Option one, call the police and give you I'll loved one a criminal record and option 2. Say they are a danger to them self or others and have them put in a psychiatric facility. Those are options that are unconscionable for most parents, ESPECIALLY if your loved one doesn't fit category 1 or 2. Having easier access to mental health care would probably lead to a decrease in the severity of mental illness related problems, and if a I'll person did need to fear being put in jail (not the place for a sick person) they may seek out treatment more willingly.
Belle (Orchid Lady) December 20, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Story, my tablet keeps changing the word ill to I'll .
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau December 20, 2012 at 06:35 PM
It took a school full of children being massacred to get these politicians off of their seat cushions. Determining why people do these things and finding means of prevention should have been done years ago. And why is Mike Thompson focussing on "Military-type assault weapons and assault magazines" when handguns were the weapon of chioce in this situation? I guess he has to start somewhere, might as well start with the scary stuff to get the ball rolling.
Belle (Orchid Lady) December 20, 2012 at 08:58 PM
what? The coroner said ''ALL of the victims were killed with the long gun'' which in this instance was the Bushmaster.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau December 20, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Sorry, Belle, I gave up reading about this tragedy after a couple days. It was just to much bad news. I recall that there were at least two handguns involved and a rifle. Still, even if there were no rifle involved it is likely that a nation would still be mourning this horrific event.
Belle (Orchid Lady) December 20, 2012 at 09:55 PM
I know Steve, it is hard to watch. I only allow myself enough to keep me up to date on the investigation. Yes there were the guns you state, and some more in his car. The current info is the two hand guns were used on himself and his mother, and the assault rifle at the school (confirmed by the coroner). His mother was apparently in the process of having him committed. She was not home for several days before this tragic day, it's not known if he was left alone. Doctors speculate that with his father remarrying, and his mother going away for a few days (dating someone perhaps) and him finding out that his mother wanted to send him away could have been the catalyst that triggered his psychotic break, or worsening of his conditions. That is pretty much the most current, I still don't know if she had a gun safe, and how he got access if she did. Other than that, my focus has been on the victims, and hugging my kids. I have been contemplating all the ideas about gun control and bans on AR's. My brain is overcooked. I wish you well Steve.
Art Morris December 21, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Why is it that the Democrats keep asking and getting more money for schools but still cannot remember their history? The 2nd Amendment was created as a check and balance to keep the government from becoming tyrannical and oppressive. When it was created, the government and citizens had the same technology in small firearms. The authors and those who ratified it did not say that citizens could have guns as long as they were 200 years behind the government in technology. What is it about the words, "shall not be infringed" that is so difficult for liberals to understand? Did we not teach English in public schools? If they want to have a discussion about gun control and "assault rifles" they need to be prefacing the conversation with, "we need to have a Constitutional Convention to change/delete the 2nd Amendment." Infringing upon the rights granted under the 2nd Amendment is illegal, just as infringing upon the rights granted under the other Amendments is.
vocal-de-local December 21, 2012 at 07:37 AM
Michael, like who's going to be willing to pay to review mental illness? I'm surprised that you of all people made that comment (not that I disagree with it!)
Belle (Orchid Lady) December 21, 2012 at 09:02 PM
More money for schools and getting it? You're joking right? How is slashing funding every year only to reinstate partial funding, then slash it again the next year an increase? It's a steady decrease. On the topic of guns, who says you shouldn't have a weapon that is from this century or decade? I haven't heard anyone say that, except for people who are listening to the NRA, who for as long as I can remember have been saying everybody wants to take our guns away. Don't listen to the static Art, just the facts. Get them from who is saying them, not who is telling you their version of what was said.
Art Morris December 22, 2012 at 05:41 AM
Belle, CA passes almost every bond measure put before the voters to support schools, so yes, more money for schools. As far as the guns, I seen numerous Democrats interviewed on CNN who say that all that is needed to satisfy the 2nd Amendment is single-shot weapons. I believe Piers Morgan further stated that we should only be allowed muzzle-loaders (a Brit still bitter over that Independence thing). Just to clarify, are you agreeing with me that the 2nd Amendment is a check and balance against our government becoming tyrannical, and that it's citizens should be able to have the same basic gun technology as our military to ensure this check and balance is not impotent?
Belle (Orchid Lady) December 22, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Bonds are typically to pay for things that the state won't, like football stadiums and such. The state has been cutting funding for decades forcing schools to try and get bonds passed in order to keep things, or fix things. As for guns, I do believe the 2nd amendment was put in our constitution as part of a system of checks and balances. However, I don't think that the only reason it was added was to insures freedom from a tyrannical government. I believe that another overlooked reason is our founders were concerned the British would come back, especially by the southernmost attack points, and that every citizen should be armed and ready to defend their home and family. Another thing is the West, we hang yet conquered this great land, who had other inhabitants that weren't so happy with early America. I think in order for us to say that we need our guns to protect us from a tyrannical government, is a possibility long gone, and the military industrial complex is more powerful than even all of us, weapons ready. I watch CNN...I never heard Piers Morgan call for such a thing. I know he is anti-gun, he readily admits it. He wants to see assault rifles and high capacity clips banned at the very least.
Belle (Orchid Lady) December 22, 2012 at 10:01 PM
My tablet changed several of my words again, I hope you can still understand it.
Mark Mathews December 22, 2012 at 11:32 PM
How about CRIMINAL control Mr. Thompson, hmmm...?
Mark Mathews December 23, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Handguns huh... Tell me, WILL you be there to defend unarmed crime victims when armed criminals assault them? CAN you guarantee their safety? Not even our police department will make that promise. Get WHAT ball rolling?
Mark Mathews December 23, 2012 at 12:18 AM
My brain is also overcooked, after listening to the same old mantra of the gun banning, gun violence sect. Lets TRY to focus on the CRIMINAL, and not the instrument used, shall we? Has anyone pointed out that it is already against the law to murder? What shall we do about THAT ineffective law? Throwing entrenched goofball politicians at this type of problem will not do much good; heck we cant even trust them with out tax monies. Evil exists, and its foothold is gaining, as our permissive moral less society (sans God) continues to stumble forward...
Mark Mathews December 23, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Art, good points, no doubt to fall on deaf ears/eyes... Emotionalism will trump facts and statistics every time in this ongoing progressive Obamanation.
Mark Mathews December 23, 2012 at 12:21 AM
It would delight me and many other American patriots, to see the likes of Piers Morgan deported. No surprise CNN employes him.
Belle (Orchid Lady) December 23, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Lol Mark! You sure are surly today! Are you looking forward to Christmas though?

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