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Congressman Lance Says Solutions to Gun Violence are as Complicated as Issue Itself

Lance discusses his meeting with members of NJ Residents for Action.

Dear Editor,

I had the honor of meeting Ms. Bennett and four other representatives of NJ Residents for Action where for more than one hour we had what I thought was a cordial and frank discussion on the issues surrounding gun control and gun violence in America.  

During the meeting I expressed my willingness to consider a number of gun control measures as part of a comprehensive, anti-violence effort this year.

I restated my support for a comprehensive study of our laws aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill, potentially including closing gun-show loopholes and tightening the background-check process on gun sales as well as examining our current entertainment culture where Hollywood and video game makers tend to de-sensitize gun violence.  

Committees of jurisdiction in both the U.S. House and Senate are currently working on legislation in these particular areas and I pledged to carefully review these measures upon completion of the committees' work.

I also pointed out that the House Energy and Commerce Committee — of which I am a member – will take a lead role in examining the current state of federal mental health research programs and what role mental illness played in the tragedies in Newtown, Aurora, Tucson and at Virginia Tech.  

My committee is already working closely with the Obama Administration on proposals both new and old to better identify and treat people with mental health problems.  

For example just last week the Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) listing eleven recommendations made by President Bush following the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings that dealt with mental health issues and asked HHS Secretary Sebelius to provide status updates on each by Feb. 21. 

“In order to determine what actions were taken after previous tragedies, and whether those actions were effective, the committee seeks information on the status of HHS’s efforts to implement the recommendations made in the 2007 Report following the Virginia Tech shootings," the letter said. I hope to keep all constituents informed and updated on our work.

I do firmly believe that the solutions are as complex as the problems themselves. And while no set of laws can eliminate evil in the world, we as a Nation have an obligation to work together and remain focused on the issue at hand – keeping firearms out of the hands of those in our society who wish to do harm.  

I respectfully hope Ms. Bennett and her group will be part of this effort.  

Best personal wishes,

Leonard Lance

Member of Congress

c February 15, 2013 at 11:03 AM
do you want to buy a defensive rifle and 15 round mag? Because these laws take these away from the law abiding citizens.
c February 15, 2013 at 11:10 AM
Joe Scarborogh being lauded by the cop killer in California. I am glad a murderer thinks so highly of him. The lefties also side with the murderer because they agree the LA PD is racist. What is the word that is light years beyond hypocritical? I can't think of it but perhaps you can help me here.
c February 15, 2013 at 11:13 AM
Karen- YOU don't represent the people of Westfield. You are not even a good spokesman for Grape Cool-Aide, except it can't be Big Gulp size or come in Styrofoam cups.
My cold dead hand February 15, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Concerned citizen - I checked out your posting history. 6 pages of rants about pro-gun. Regardless of the article. The only time you took time out to rant about guns was in 2 posts. One post was to slam "the blacks". That post also included a reference to Nazi Germany. Your other non-gun post was how Summit, Westfield New Providence should succeed out of Union County. I believe these towns are by-and-large successful and your intent was to say secede. Maybe a little less time at the gun range or in the basement tapping away on the Patch. Maybe then you could learnt something. LOL LOL ROTFLMAO
My cold dead hand February 15, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Devilsfan - You're right up there also with 6 pages of rants about your guns. I see you only took time out to slam a few Democrats and to welcome a new Patch editor with the question.."Are you a republican or a democrat?" I see you stated you are waiting for a gorilla war to break out and you'll be ready. I'm hoping before that happens you may be able to evolve into a homo sapien. Please, before responding look up that term. I don't think the Patch readers will be interested in your anti-gay rantings as well. I would much rather have an honest debate on the pros and cons of this issue. But when you and concerned citizen only attack, I believe it's best to just make fun of your paranoid rantings. I'll sign off now as I saw 2 helecoptors pass over Garwood. If you should be home I fear you could mistake them for Obama's drones coming for you and it could get dangerous. Again, thanks to you and concerned citizen for the laughs you have provided me with your history of paranoid postings about needing to be armed in preparation of a tyrannical guvmit takeover.
Devilsfan February 16, 2013 at 02:46 PM
MCDH: Wow you can do some research so you must be smart. You couldn't be so far from the truth! How about you try to understand the points myself and other posters made here and try to understand what we are standing up for. So MCDH it's not about being paranoid or wanting to fight a gorilla war as you tried to imply (which was not even suggested) as the last thing I would ever want to do is use violence to defend our freedoms on our own soil. All you on the left can't win the arguement regarding saving all lives, so now as a typical left winger you try to demonize us and try to make yourself look high and mighty when you don't even understand the argument. You should try posting a valid point! So if you and Ms Eggert's group are for the common sense saving of lives why aren't you all fighting against Abortions too??? Somehow KILLING an unborn child is ok in your minds but us evil right wingers can't own a gun for protection and recreational use. In addition, Ms. Eggerts attempt to diminish our 2nd Amendment right by trying to advance her anti-gun agenda will be a form of tyranny if she is successful, which you on left don't agree with because it's part of you agenda. See I understand that because you're entitled to your own beliefs as this is still somewhat of a free country, but like you and her I and others will stand up for what we believe is right too.
karen egert February 16, 2013 at 10:24 PM
I think some facts need to be brought to the table . For the 1000the time -- we are not taking away your Second Amendment Rights!! Justice Scalia wrote that whatever the Heller decision outcome was it did not preclude the banning of" dangerous and excessive weapons" If all of these people are SOOO SURE that the Supreme Court would rule that banning assault weapons was unconstitutional , then why haven't any cases been filed to the Supreme Court that the laws in NJ are unconstitutional? We ban assault weapons. Why? Because they know they would lose!!Do you think the NRA would hesitate for one minute to bring that case that to the Supreme Court if they thought they could win?? If Mr. Concerned Citizen and the NRA is so sure that it is unconstitutional to ban military assault weapons ( not all guns mind you -- just the excessive ones) THEN TAKE IT TO THE SUPREME COURT --IM SURE THEY WOULD RULE ON THAT ONE . But until you or the NRA does challenges it in the Supreme Court -- stop talking about things that are INCORRECT
karen egert February 16, 2013 at 10:26 PM
my dead cold hand -- you made me LAUGH!! You are FUNNY!! Thanks !!
karen egert February 16, 2013 at 10:27 PM
and BTW Devilsfan-- it's EGERT , not EGGERT .
karen egert February 16, 2013 at 10:29 PM
devilfan-- start a blog on abortion already !! you look foolish
Devilsfan February 17, 2013 at 12:51 AM
I'm foolish? You won't answer my question. Why not? If you want to save lives why not push to ban the killing of millions of children thru Abortion too you hypocrite?? You're the fool!
Devilsfan February 17, 2013 at 12:54 AM
It was a play on words Karen. Eggs turn into unborn children that you support the killing of right?
Devilsfan February 17, 2013 at 01:15 AM
What are you even talking about? Excessive weapons? Really? You have no clue. Go back to singing or is that not working out for you?
Aman77 February 17, 2013 at 07:06 PM
For the 1001st time, what is your definition of "assault weapon"? Is it the same as "assault rifle"? How can anyone trust that you have no intention of encroaching on their rights when it comes to guns when you refuse (or more likely simply lack the knowledge, experience, depth of understanding and even temperament) to even define the types of weapons you wish to see banned? So which ones Karen? Why them? Give us a list. Or is just shouting platitudes how an out-of-work "artist" defines serious law-making these days?
LC February 21, 2013 at 12:13 AM
Liberalism is a mental disorder. So sad that so many are willing to give up the freedoms generations of Americans have given their lives to preserve. You don't like guns? Good - don't get one. Dial 911 and good luck with that. Congressman Lance - You are now my representative as my town was redistricted. I do not see eye to eye with you on everything, but I trust you will continue to vote to preserve the Constitution of the USA. God Bless, sir.
Nathan Ale February 21, 2013 at 11:08 PM
Karen again.. I am going to continue to comment every time you do... ARE YOU OPEN TO A CONVERSATION OF FACTS AND A DIALOGUE OF THINGS YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT? PLEASE EMAIL ME AND LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE READY TO ACTUALLY TALK ABOUT THIS.. and Maybe just MAYBE learn about it..
Nathan Ale February 21, 2013 at 11:08 PM
Karen again.. I am going to continue to comment every time you do... ARE YOU OPEN TO A CONVERSATION OF FACTS AND A DIALOGUE OF THINGS YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT? PLEASE EMAIL ME AND LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE READY TO ACTUALLY TALK ABOUT THIS.. and Maybe just MAYBE learn about it..
Nathan Ale February 21, 2013 at 11:08 PM
Karen again.. I am going to continue to comment every time you do... ARE YOU OPEN TO A CONVERSATION OF FACTS AND A DIALOGUE OF THINGS YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT? PLEASE EMAIL ME AND LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE READY TO ACTUALLY TALK ABOUT THIS.. and Maybe just MAYBE learn about it..
Nathan Ale February 21, 2013 at 11:09 PM
Hausker could you please state what military in the country uses AR15s in thier millitary?
Nathan Ale February 21, 2013 at 11:09 PM
Karen again.. I am going to continue to comment every time you do... ARE YOU OPEN TO A CONVERSATION OF FACTS AND A DIALOGUE OF THINGS YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT? PLEASE EMAIL ME AND LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE READY TO ACTUALLY TALK ABOUT THIS.. and Maybe just MAYBE learn about it..
Nathan Ale February 21, 2013 at 11:10 PM
Karen again.. I am going to continue to comment every time you do... ARE YOU OPEN TO A CONVERSATION OF FACTS AND A DIALOGUE OF THINGS YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT? PLEASE EMAIL ME AND LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE READY TO ACTUALLY TALK ABOUT THIS.. and Maybe just MAYBE learn about it..
Bob February 22, 2013 at 12:28 AM
I thought that Karen was the founder of the group. She claims to be, between rants.
Bob February 22, 2013 at 12:38 AM
Walt, Any other rights you feel like restricting? Do these work for you: - No one needs to be a member of Islam as it serves no purpose and is warping their kids minds. We should make members register. - No one needs criticize our president as he is only offering common sense solutions and the critics are hurting the country. We should limit access to the Internet to those people as a step in the right direction. I am sure the majority of Americans would agree. If you want to prevent people from having guns Walt, the solution is a constitutional amendment to repeal the 2nd. It should be no problem with the strong support you claim.
Tim SiLVa May 14, 2013 at 04:54 PM
You must not know much about hunting or home defense weapons to assume that one doesnt need a semi-automatic weapon. People use them to hunt quite often actually. Semi-Automatic is just about 80-85% of the rifles out on the market. As far as I'm concerned, Lance does represent his constituents, as my wife and I are some of them. Also I do not belong to the NRA. I do however know what the Second Amendment is and I fully support the government officials to abide by the law and not infringe on my rights as an american law abiding citizen. Its unfortunate that people like you dont realize that we live in a country where it matters not how the majority votes that affects individual rights nor the Bill of Rights. In the past, the ignorance of a majority population usually lead to the acceptance of unlawful acts, however that doesnt make it right by any means. Hitler ring any bells? President Thomas Jefferson proclaimed in his first inaugural address, “All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will, to be rightful, must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal laws must protect, and to violate which would be oppression.” A Nationwide ban was in effect when Columbine happened- the ban on those weapons did absolutely nothing to stop them kids from killing their classmates.
Tim SiLVa May 14, 2013 at 05:08 PM
As long as they are law abiding citizens and have a legal right to own that weapon, it doesnt bother me, in fact I feel safer going to Short hills mall now that you said that. Thanks.
LC May 14, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Hahaha - a magazine clip? You don't even know what you're talking about. I want you to tell us about how easy it is to buy a "high powered military assault weapon" legally in the USA. We'll wait, Karen.
LC May 14, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Exactly. These same people who are using the Newtown kids as their dead mascots would be all for killing the same kids 7.5 years ago when they were in utero.
LC May 14, 2013 at 05:52 PM
I think Karen Egert needs a background check. ; )
Devilsfan May 14, 2013 at 06:58 PM
Oh Karen have you heard what the IRS was doing? Have you heard what Eric Holder's Department of Justice was doing? In addtition to Fast & Furious they were tracking the phones of Associated Press employees. Yeah and we don't have to worry about tyrrany! Right Karen?
c June 08, 2013 at 10:39 AM
http://www.nraila.org/media/10883516/nij-gun-policy-memo.pdf

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