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Press Release: Foster Hosts Tele-Town Hall Discussion on Gun Violence Prevention

Jul 7, 2016
Press Release

Aurora, IL – Last night, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) hosted a telephone town hall discussion about the public health crisis posed by gun violence in America, as well as what Congress can do right now to reduce gun violence in communities across the country.

Nearly 3,400 residents of the 11th Congressional District joined the call, and several had the opportunity to ask questions.

“This is an issue that has brought our community together,” Foster said. “Last night I heard from people from all over the district who are frustrated that Congress has thus far failed to take any meaningful action to address the scourge of gun violence we struggle with every day in this country. I heard from both Democrats and Republicans who want meaningful reforms for the sake of our communities and the well-being of the American people.”

House Democrats are demanding votes on measures that would immediately begin addressing gun violence, including legislation that would close background check loopholes and prohibit anyone who belongs on the no-fly list from purchasing firearms.

“Moments of silence are insufficient,” continued Foster. “The best way to honor the memory of those we’ve lost to gun violence is to do what we can to make sure this doesn’t keep happening. It’s clear that the overwhelming majority of the American people support common sense reforms to limit gun violence in their communities. It’s time for Congress to act.”

Two weeks ago, in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in American history, Congressman Foster joined House Democrats in a historic sit-in to draw attention to gun violence prevention and call for votes on measures to address gun violence.