Lakewood, Colo. - Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) held a telephone town hall with constituents as part of the National Day of Action for Commonsense Gun Violence Prevention to discuss common sense gun violence prevention measures. Last week, Perlmutter participated in a historic “sit-in” or filibuster with dozens of other Democratic members of the House of Representatives.
Joining Perlmutter on the call were two family members who lost loved ones in mass shootings. Tom Mauser lost his son, Daniel Mauser, in the shooting at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. Lakewood Police Officer Dave Hoover lost his nephew, A.J. Boik, during the Aurora Theater shooting on July 20, 2012.
“After having felt these tragedies so close to home and in such a personal way, it is time to take action. Silence is no longer an option,” said Perlmutter. “It shouldn’t take members of Congress holding a protest to get a vote on common sense gun violence prevention measures that are supported by the majority of the American people.”
“Our family, and all of those families who have lost loved ones to senseless acts of gun violence, deserve better than this. We all deserve to know our elected officials are trying to do the right thing and not walking away from these tragic events asking for a moment of silence, or saying it’s such a shame, and I wish we could have done something,” said Dave Hoover. “I am grateful for the legislators who are supporting common sense gun laws and I applaud them for taking a stand for what is right.”
"Despite the tragedy I've faced, I continue to be optimistic and hopeful about what we can reasonably do in this country to reduce the terrible toll of gun violence,” said Tom Mauser. “We can't simply continue with "business as usual. That option is too deadly."
The National Day of Action comes after House Democrats sat-in for 26 hours on the House Floor last week to demand that Speaker Ryan and House Republicans allow an immediate vote on bipartisan, commonsense gun violence prevention legislation to help keep guns out of dangerous hands, with two bills:
1. Bipartisan legislation to expand and strengthen our background check system; and
2. The bipartisan ‘No Fly, No Buy’ bill to keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists. To date, House Republicans have voted 14 times to block consideration of the bipartisan ‘No Fly, No Buy’ legislation.
“As lawmakers we have a responsibility to ensure our constituent’s voices are heard and pass responsible gun violence prevention laws that respect the 2nd amendment but still protects our communities,” continued Perlmutter.
As part of the National Day of Action, House Democrats, families, and advocates are holding dozens of events nationwide to demand immediate action from Congress on commonsense gun violence prevention.