By John Heinis/Hudson County View
â€œI am encouraged by the Presidentâ€™s executive actions to combat gun violence in our country. These actions will help make our country safer without infringing on the rights of law-abiding owners of firearms,” Sires said in a statement released yesterday.
“Notably, the steps taken by the President today will help prevent firearms from getting into the wrong hands through purchases at gun shows and over the Internet by requiring any business that sells firearms to get a license and conduct background checks.”
At a press conference yesterday, Obama, who in one point was in tears when addressing the national gun violence, called for expanded background checks for gun buyers and urged Congress to introduce stricter gun control legislation (per CNN).
“I share President Obamaâ€™s frustration that neither the House nor Senate have taken up common sense legislation to address gun violence in the United States. Over 100,000 people have been killed in America over the past decade as a result of gun violence and millions more have been victims of crimes involving a gun,” Sires also said.
The congressman further stated that he understands gun control is an issue that must go through Congress so he hopes his colleagues make this matter a high priority.
“While President Obamaâ€™s executive orders will make a difference in the fight to reduce gun violence, it is ultimately up to Congress to pass long-term reforms.”
“As the Second Session of the 114th Congress begins, it is my hope that Congress will come together to pass reforms that build on the Presidentâ€™s important steps to curb gun violence.â€