Yesterday I received this email from Patty Murray’s office. I feel it is a little out of place because I haven’t emailed her lately and I believe my last contact with her was the Ruger advocacy link which she already responded to.
Dear Mr. Xxxx:
Thank you for writing me about the problem of gun violence. It was good to hear from you.
As a mother, grandmother, and former preschool teacher I was shocked by the tragedy that unfolded in Newtown. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of the victims whose loss is difficult to comprehend.
Unfortunately, this horrific tragedy was another in a long line of gun violence episodes that have ranged from places like Columbine, Virginia Tech, and Aurora to coffee shops in Lakewood to the corner of South Byron Street and McClintock Ave South in Seattle. These episodes have plagued our cities, our schools, and our shared sense of security. This cannot go on. As a society, we need to come together and have a real conversation about what factors contribute to these horrific instances of gun violence. I support the rights of law-abiding gun owners, but I believe we also need to take specific action to bolster our current gun safety laws.
For instance, we need to strengthen existing gun laws by closing loopholes that put guns in the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. I support universal background checks that include sales made at gun shows and by private sellers. I have also long supported banning the sale of assault weapons and dangerous high-capacity magazines to keep weapons of war off of our streets.
Preventing tragedies like the one in Newtown will take more than just common-sense gun policies and enforcement. It will also take a renewed commitment to understanding and dealing with the root causes that lead isolated individuals to carry out these atrocities.
Our nation is at a crossroads, and we must take the path that protects future generations from re-living these gun violence tragedies over and over again. It will take the courage of people with opposing views but a common purpose sitting down with one another and agreeing that the status quo is unacceptable.
Please be assured I will keep your views in mind as I work with my colleagues to address this crisis. If you would like to know more about my work in the Senate, please feel free to sign up for my updates at http://murrav.senate.gov/updates. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me, and please do not hesitate to contact me again.
United States Senator