Letter from Congressman Pat Tiberi
January 23, 2013 1 Comment
January 22, 2013
Mr. Sam Garcia
xxx xxxxxxx Avenue
Columbus, OH 43214-2453
Dear Mr. Garcia,
Thank you for your recent communication. I appreciate this opportunity to correspond with you.
As you may know, on December 19, 2012, the president assembled a task force in an effort to come up with proposals that would reduce gun violence in our nation. The task force was led by Vice President Joe Biden and included members of the Administration and outside organizations. Recently, the president signed an executive order containing 23 proposals to attempt to bring down gun violence. I am currently reviewing the president’s proposals and believe the proposals need to go through the regular legislative process. Since the vice president has worked with key Senate Democrats like Senator Feinstein on these proposals, I believe the appropriate place for the legislative process to begin is in the Senate.
The tragic events that happened in Newton, CT, Aurora, CO, Blacksburg, VA, and in other communities across the country are unthinkable and require a comprehensive examination of the facts. It’s time that we as a society take a broad look at the level of violence we find acceptable in our everyday lives. This examination combined with an evaluation of the effectiveness of our mental health system to preempt acts like these rather than react to them is a step in the right direction.
Additionally, we must start enforcing the laws we already have on the books. You may be interested to know that the Brady Act of 1993 requires Federal Firearms Licensees to request background checks on individuals attempting to receive a firearm. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is managed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). This system already runs database checks on criminal records.
The National Instant Criminal Background Check System Improvements Amendments Act, which was enacted after the Virginia Tech shooting, provides incentives for states to make more records available for use during NICS checks. The total number of mental health records that states made available to the NICS Index increased by approximately 800 percent—from about 126,000 records in October 2004 to about 1.2 million records in October 2011—according to FBI data. This increase largely reflects the efforts of 12 states that had each made at least 10,000 mental health records available by October 2011. However, nearly half the states still do not regularly provide records to the federal database intended to keep guns out of the hands of people with histories of mental illness.
Rest assured, as the father of four young children, this is a matter that I take very seriously. I will closely review legislation that addresses these issues should they be considered by the U.S. House of Representatives. Again, thank you for taking the time to share your concerns.
Patrick J. Tiberi
Representative to Congress
Using our new PopVox account on our Facebook page, which automatically sends letters to Congress, the VDP showed support for the 2nd Amendment. If you read the letter, you can see how much political correctness and vague statements are made.
We as the VDP support Pat Tiberi’s stance on gun rights, however, as he is conservative on the issue. It is just tiring to see politicians attempt to please everybody without saying so.