Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after President Obama announced a series of proposals to prevent and reduce gun violence, implementing 23 executive actions and calling on Congress to take a series of steps to ban military-style assault weapons, ban high-capacity assault magazines, strengthen our background check system, and address a series of other challenges:
“President Obama’s proposals reflect a series of clear and concrete steps in the effort to rein in, reduce, and prevent gun violence in our country. The President’s executive actions are critical to our response; they are necessary; but, as the President said, they are not sufficient.
“Congress must do its part, without further delay, to strengthen background checks and take the most dangerous weapons and assault magazines out of the hands of those in greatest danger of doing harm to themselves and to others. For the families of the victims of Sandy Hook, of every massacre and every incident of gun violence, there is simply no time to waste.
“As the President declared, with the Newtown shootings fresh in our minds, ‘this time must be different.’ With the comprehensive agenda laid out by President Obama today, we can work together to ensure that this time will, indeed, be different.”