Markey Proposes Recommendations for Biden's Gun Task Force

Congressman Ed Markey sent a letter to Vice President Joe Biden Wednesday calling for a new assault weapons ban and improved background checks, among other measures.

Congressman Ed Markey sent a letter to the vice president Wednesday with proposed recommendations for his task force on guns. 

In the letter (attached), the Malden Democrat asks Joe Biden to consider recommending “a new assault weapons ban that includes all semi-automatic weapons capable of accommodating an ammunition magazine greater than 10 rounds.” He also asks the vice president to consider “a ban on ‘drums’ or ‘magazines’ of ammunition that can carry more than 10 bullets, which were used to deadly effect in both the Newtown and Aurora kilings.”

“These are weapons designed for war – not for hunting or protecting one’s home – and have no purpose except to kill as many people as possible without the need to reload,” Markey wrote.

In the letter, Markey also suggests recommendations requiring background checks for all gun sales (not just those from federally licensed dealers) and steps for improving the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), particularly as it relates to mental health records.

He also wants Biden to consider recommending the repeal of the restrictions imposed by the “Tiahrt Amendments,” which Markey believe “hinder the ability of law enforcement to pursue gun-related crimes,” and lifting the prohibition on federally funded firearms research.

“There is no single solution that will prevent tragedies such as the horror inflicted upon the victims and their families and loved ones in Newtown,” Markey wrote, “but the rapid advancement in firearms technology should compel lawmakers to take a hard look at the laws governing these deadly weapons.

“Each of us has a responsibility to fight for saner, safer gun laws that uphold the Second Amendment while protecting the security of our schools, streets and communities.”

Do you agree with Markey’s proposed recommendations? Let us know by posting a comment below.

Neil January 09, 2013 at 09:48 PM
Gen Stanley McChrystal also talked about what semi-automatic assault weapons like the Bushmaster .223 was designed for. It is designed for killing people, many and fast. The muzzle velocity is high, and bullets rip into flesh and bone rather than pass through the body. It's designed to kill. American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said the Bushmaster .223 can be fired at 6 shots a second! She said teachers don't want to carry guns, they want a safe place to teach kids. She said professionals, like police officers, should provide security, when it's needed near schools, in coordination with programs like DARE. * A ban on assault weapons and high capacity clips could save lives. Only about 7% of gun deaths are these kind but that shouldn't stop us from talking these preferred weapons of war away from society and the mass-murderers who use them. * The NRA opposes background checks but the public, including NRA members, wants them. Having a federal;y mandated background check on ALL GUN PURCHASES, RETAIL, GUN SHOW AND PERSON TO PERSON is a good way to protect the public from criminals getting guns. About 60% of the illegal guns seized in Boston by the police were illegals guns purchased person-to-person without a background check. Much of the gun violence we see in city areas with chronic gun violence is fueld with illegal guns. Universal background check should help reduce this, especially if paired with an ongoing gun buyback program.
Neil January 09, 2013 at 10:08 PM
I totally agree with Markey that its time to stop stopping the gov't from researching gun violence. The gun lobby is powerful and it exists for one purpose, to sell guns to make profit. That is why they wanted to stop gov't public health researchers from researching gun safety and gun violence. Gabby Giffords -- who when she was US Rep advocated for NRA policies to become law -- is a gun owner and a defender of the 2nd amendment. So is her husband former Space Shuttle Commander M Kelly. Gabby was meeting with constituents when she was shot in the head and left bleeding in a parking lot in Tucson AZ where 6 others died. Congress did something remarkable -- NOTHING. Earlier this week she visited Newtown CT and later, was interviewed and ABC and said, "Enough." Giffords and Kelly: "Fighting gun violence" op-ed http://ow.ly/gGe8L Giffords and Kelly: http://AmericansForResponsiblSolutions.org/
Dawn January 09, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Marky is right. I knew when I first read he was for stricter gun conrtol. It would be better if the word "consider" was eliminated!There is too much violence, guns need to go!!!!! They should have kept the 2Pac Shakur shirt " Please stop the violence"


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