Rep. Peters supports plan to reduce gun violence

Congressman Scott Peters on Friday announced his support for a comprehensive approach to reducing gun violence in America and urged Congress to have a reasoned discussion that focuses on results.

Congressman Scott Peters

“In the wake of the horrific tragedy in Newtown — and Aurora, Columbine, and Tuscon before that — there is just no way we can not do those things in our power to prevent these massacres,” Peters said. “We must have a rational and nonpartisan discussion that leads to lower rates of gun violence.”

Peters, who represents the 52nd Congressional District which includes the Poway-Rancho Bernardo area, said he supports a comprehensive plan, such as the one proposed by President Obama.

Peters supports:

• Better enforcement of existing gun laws and background checks on all gun purchases so guns don’t fall into the hands of criminals and those      prone to violence;

• Reasonable restrictions on the types of guns and ammunition, originally intended for our military, available to civilians;

• More attention to mental health awareness and treatment; and

• Giving local law enforcement the tools they need to reduce gun violence and to keep our schools, families and neighborhoods safe.

“I fully support the Second Amendment and the right of individuals to own guns for sporting, collection, or self-protection,” Peters said. “However, law enforcement officials agree that there’s no reason for civilians to have weapons of war which end up on our streets and in our neighborhoods.”

Peters urged Congress to act now saying, “Let’s not lose this opportunity to stand up for the families of Newtown, and for all our kids and our families.”

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12 Comments for “Rep. Peters supports plan to reduce gun violence”

  1. Frank

    What a silly headline. Of course EVERYONE supports reduced gun violence (except for perhaps the truly mentally unstable). The headline should instead state "Peters supports further erosion of Second Amendment."

  2. Poway Dad

    Further erosion? What erosion do you speak of?

    Read the 2nd amendment and imagine yourself in 1791, when it was ratified. Remember that single-shot muskets were state of the art. Do you really think the INTENT of this was to protect the right of a single person to kill dozens of people with the squeeze of a trigger?

  3. Frank

    Do you really think undoing the Constitution will make you any safer? You cannot legislate yourself into a safety bubble. Criminals will always have bigger badder fire power.

    Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable – a most sacred right – a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world. Abraham Lincoln.

    You advocate a destruction of a core component of our Constitution which precisely protects our ability to remain free.

  4. Frank

    And also from Abraham Lincoln:

    Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.

  5. Poway Dad

    Frank, I have news for you: The US government has nuclear warheads and drones. The days of rising up against the government with your weapon are long gone.

    • Frank

      The "intent" that mention is to allow citizens the right to keep and bear arms. The Constitution is not a living breathing instrument. It is the foundation on which our country was built. Presidents swear to uphold the Constitution not to tear it down. I believe that even with the threat of government drones if in fact this nation came to the brink of revolution again, the people would prevail. But that is not the case, and merely people looking for bubble wrap to protect them in the form of dismantling a constitutional provision. Assault bans don't work. Especially when you have this administration handing over assault weapons to the Mexican cartels. You seriously think keeping an extra 10 bullets out of clip is going to make you safer? Buy a bigger safe.

      • Poway Dad

        Do I think banning assault weapons and large clips will eliminate mass shootings? Sadly, no. Do I think passing and enforcing a NATIONWIDE assault weapons ban and background checks will reduce the frequency of these events in the future? Yes, without a doubt! The tougher laws in D.C. and Chicago referenced above are useless if you can drive 50 miles to buy a gun.

  6. Amy Roost

    Can I play this game? I love quotes!! How about this one:

    "Just a simple choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one." -Bill Hicks

  7. Joe St. Lucas

    Hard to think that there would be anyone against the premise of reducing gun violence. The methods, however, are subject to intense debate. Look up the stats for handgun violence in Chicago and Washington D.C. where handguns have been banned for years. A complete ban does not stop criminals from getting guns. A criminal does not have a background check to worry about. Thumbs down this all you want, I don't care.

    • Amy Roost

      I agree with you Joe. People who want to kill will find a way. But why make it easy? What I care about is what the obsession with gun ownership and violence in general says about our state of mind as a nation. See quote above.

  8. Steve A.

    Want a way to REDUCE gun violence? It’s more guns! Bad people will try to do bad things unless stopped in some way. If it’s not guns, it’s knives, and you can’t quite ban knives. They are all cowards. If they didn’t know which citizen was armed, and which wasn’t, they wouldn’t mess with us! It’s all about carrying the best handgun for the situation, and keep it on you at all times!

  9. Tom

    For some reason gun safety is such a taboo topic in many places. If people were educated about responsible gun ownership and taught how to handle and maintain firearms, it wouldn’t be such a political discussion. More people are killed at the hands of poor drivers than firearms, but driving is not a political party talking point.

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