U.S. Rep. John Larson, a leader of the Connecticut delegation, called on Congress to take action on gun control legislation following the devastating school shooting in Newtown.
“Friday was a day of mourning, but the time to act is now upon us,” Larson said in a strongly worded statement issued Saturday afternoon.
“To do nothing in the face of continuous assaults on our children is to be complicit in those assaults. There may not be a single cure-all for the violence in our nation, however we must start the process and begin the deeper and longer conversations that need to take place.
“Politics be damned. Of the 12 deadliest shootings in our nation’s history, half of them have happened in the last five years. And there is not a single person in America who doesn’t fear it will happen again. It’s time we recognize the danger and address it,” Larson said.
The Democrat who represents the 1st District said Congress should act quickly on bills requiring background checks for all gun sales, closing the terrorist watch list loopholes, and banning assault weapons and high capacity clips.
“Those measures don’t solve all our problems, but they’re a start,” Larson said.
“We also need to focus on our mental health care system. We need to support a better process for families and friends to share their concerns and fears with authorities about people’s mental status, and begin to invest in the human infrastructure needed for effective prevention programs that create healthy children. The pattern is clear- action must be taken.
“To do nothing in the face of pending disaster is to be complicit. It’s time to act. It’s time to vote.”