Gun task force chair: ‘Comprehensive approach’ needed on guns


Vice-President Joe Biden said he and the President are “determined to take action” in the wake of the Newtown shootings. Wednesday he’s meeting with gun control advocates and victims’ families. Thursday he’ll meet with sportsmen’s group and a representative from the NRA.

At the same time, Congressman Mike Thompson, D-Calif., leads a Congressional task force on gun violence, formed after the Newtown tragedy.

Thompson was once named by Guns & Ammo one of eight “surprisingly pro-gun Democrats”.

“I am a gun owner, I’m a hunter and I carried an assault weapon for my tour in Vietnam. I have quite a bit of knowledge about these issues,” Thompson said on Jansing & Co. 

“I’m taking a comprehensive approach.  I think everything needs to be on the table and a step further, everyone needs to be at the table to have this discussion,” Thompson said.

Chris Jansing pointed out there are already eight bills that have been introduced in the 113th Congress dealing with gun safety.

“I don’t think there’s going to be any shortage of legislation proposed. We’ll hear from all different people who have specific ideas how to fix it. But, we have to have all the experts at the table and we have to look at everything. We have to strengthen our mental health system, we have to strengthen our background check system and make sure there aren’t these huge loopholes that are there that allow criminals or allow the mentally ill to get prior arms,” Thompson said.


Gun task force chair: 'Comprehensive approach' needed on guns