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Pelosi Statement on Progress of Obama Administration Efforts to Reduce Gun Violence

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after Vice President Biden announced the release of a new report highlighting significant progress on 21 of 23 executive actions outlined by the President to combat and reduce gun violence:

“Today, the Obama Administration laid down markers of progress in our effort to reduce gun violence, protect our families and communities, and strengthen our public safety.  These actions ensure schools and houses of worship are better prepared for emergencies; offer expanded training for law enforcement and first responders; and reflect essential steps forward to preserve the lives of our children. 

“Even with the success of this effort so far, more must be done – because the most far-reaching gun safety measures are only possible with action by Congress.  To start, the House should vote on our bipartisan proposal to expand background checks nationwide.  The Republican leadership has obstructed this critical legislation so far; but we have a moral obligation to keep fighting to give this bill a vote without further delay.

“With the six-month anniversary of the Newtown tragedy fresh in our minds, we must continue working to restore confidence in the safety of our communities with clear, concrete steps to prevent gun violence.  Such actions will be a truly fitting memorial for the students and teachers of Sandy Hook, and for victims of gun violence across our country.  We must do our part to save lives and ensure the safety of all Americans.”