June 07, 2022

Neguse speaks in favor of Protecting Our Kids Act

Congressman Joe Neguse (CO-2), a Vice-Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, spoke in favor of H.R. 7910, the Protecting Our Kids Act, during the House Judiciary Committee markup on gun violence prevention measures.

Following the tragic mass shooting in Boulder, Colo. last year, Neguse introduced and advocated for several measures to address the gun violence epidemic, including leading a letter to President Biden requesting he issue an executive order banning the importation of assault weapons – a provision that will be established through H.R. 7910.

“Our hearts are broken for the children of Uvalde, Tex. They are broken for the people of Buffalo, New York. And they are broken for the countless Americans being murdered each and every day in our country. The level of gun violence in our country is not normal and we cannot stand for it. It is time – long past time – for this Congress to finally act and to start saving lives.” said Neguse. “From Columbine, to a movie theater in Aurora, to the STEM school in Highlands Ranch and to my community, last year, where ten innocent people were murdered at a grocery store in Boulder. Countless lives were lost. Children, parents, Coloradans and Americans.”

Neguse continued,“The high schoolers who experienced Columbine are now grown up. And yet, 23 years later, our kids continue to face gunfire in the places where they are supposed to be safe. Columbine was once considered to be the deadliest shooting in United States history at the time. And that as we all know is not the case. From Sandy Hook to Uvalde, far too many communities have been plagued by the scourge of gun violence. As policymakers, we have the opportunity today to do our part in stopping this violence. We have got to do more. We have to act. And today we are doing precisely that.”