October 16, 2015

Lujan Grisham wants a House Select Committee to address gun violence

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham continues to put the issue of reducing of gun violence on the front burner.

Official photo of U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

Official photo of U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

The Democratic congresswoman from Albuquerque announced on Friday that she joined a task force on gun violence prevention. She also wants the House to create a Select Committee on Gun Violence.

“I look forward to working through this task force to push for common-sense legislation that finally addresses the gun violence epidemic,” Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham said in a statement. “Since the leadership in Congress has failed to do anything, I am joining my colleagues to call for a Select Committee that leads to decisive action.”

The House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force is chaired by Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., and was created following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012.

Thompson, a member of the conservative Blue Dog Coalition, says that a Select Committee is needed.

“There have been nearly 280 mass shootings since Newtown and Congress has done nothing,” Thompson said in a statement last week. “No votes have been cast. No bills have been debated. No proposals have even been considered. This Select Committee can change that.”

Among the things that the task force wants a Select Committee to examine are “the causes of mass shootings,” “linkages between firearms and suicide” and “loopholes that allow some domestic abusers continued access to firearms.”

Gun violence is under more scrutiny since the recent mass shooting at an Oregon community college.

After the shooting, Lujan Grisham called for “common sense” action to help curb gun violence.

Lujan Grisham has co-sponsored two pieces of legislation designed to help curb gun violence. One would expand background checks to all commercial sales, while the other would lift a ban that bars the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from looking into the relationship between gun ownership and gun violence.

With Republicans in charge of both the House and Senate, it is unlikely any such legislation would pass.