Gun Violence Prevention
Napolitano was appointed by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi under the direction of Vice President Joe Biden to serve as a Vice-Chair of the House Democratic Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, following the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT. Her main focus on the task force is the intersection of mental illness and gun violence, most notably suicide prevention.
In January 2016, Napolitano met with President Obama, fellow Task Force members, and other Democratic colleagues, to dialogue on possible executive actions. She then joined the President at the White House on January 5, 2016, for his announcement of new executive actions to curb gun violence and make communities safer. Napolitano ensured that adding mental health services was a component of those comprehensive actions to prevent senseless gun deaths. She remains strongly committed to expanding background checks and other measures to keep firearms out of the hands of those who might use them to harm themselves or others.
More on Gun Violence Prevention
(EL MONTE, CA) Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) appeared on NBC4’s “Today in LA” this morning to discuss current gun violence prevention measures in Congress, reject the link between mental illness and gun violence, and express the need for humane immigration policies and reform. Below are excerpts from the interview.
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) released the following statement on the mass shootings which occurred in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH:
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) issued the following statement on last night’s mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, CA:
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) joined more than 170 of her House Democratic colleagues in sending a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos calling on the Department to issue formal guidance prohibiting the use of federal education funding to buy guns for teachers and school staff.
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) released the following statement on the 5-year remembrance of the mass shooting which occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT:
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano issued the following statement on yesterday’s mass shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas:
“Our hearts are truly broken by this evil attack on innocent people who were attending Sunday morning worship services, and we cannot imagine the horror and grief this congregation and town must be feeling at this moment. We mourn those who were killed, pray for healing for the wounded, and send our deepest sympathies to all who are affected by this tragedy.
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) released the following statement on the mass shooting last night near the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas, NV:
(EL MONTE, CA) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano released the following statement after this morning’s tragic shooting at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino:
Members of the House Democratic Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, led by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-St. Helena), brought law enforcement officers to draw attention to gun laws.
Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-Norwalk) brought Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Andy Doyle.
“Besides the police, firefighters and other first responders are directly affected by loose gun laws. They treat gun victims and become targeted themselves,” Napolitano said in a statement.