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January 11th, 2013
10:10 AM ET

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL): 'The tragedy is not doing anything' about gun violence

Vice President Joe Biden and his federal task force met with gun advocacy groups, like the NRA, Thursday to discuss new regulations that could reduce gun violence in the United States. While the NRA has said the meeting was an attack on the second amendment, Biden announced that a “surprising recurrence of suggestions that we have (is) universal background checks.”

Rep. Jan Schakowsky, a Democratic congresswoman from Illinois and a member of the House Democratic Caucus’ Gun Prevention Task Force, joins “Starting Point” on Friday to discuss the vice president's meeting.

“There’s no question that universal background checks would be very, very important,” the congresswoman said. “You know 40% of the guns that are purchased are purchased without a background check – through private dealers, through gun shows. If they had to get a background check, we could eliminate some of those purchases.”

The congresswoman added that reducing the number of large capacity ammunition clips or assault magazines would also help reduce the level of violence, noting that nothing is off the table, including mental health reforms and taking a closer look at violence in movies and video games.

"There are many solutions. The tragedy is not doing anything,” she says. “And that’s what it seems the NRA is about."

Filed under: Gun control
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  1. Dan

    I'd like for you to include in your conversations regarding proposed gun laws, the idea of regulating who is providing the ammunition for these weapons so frequently used in these mass shootings.
    Most of these guns are useless without ammunition to fire. If the ammuniion availability is heavily regulated, i.e. no more than X number of rounds may be purchased, designated locations to dispense ammunition (networked with all criminal data bases) etc....There will always be a minority that prepare/load their own ammunition. My guess is that these are the responsible gun owners, who shoot for a hobby. The sale of gun-loading machinery needs to be looked at too!

    January 13, 2013 at 10:01 am | Report abuse | Reply

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