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Waxman Offers Some Gun Violence Proposals

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), ranking member of the House
Energy and Commerce Committee, has made three recommendations on combating gun
violence, and media violence restrictions were nowhere to be found.

In letters to Vice President Joe Biden and Mike Thompson
(D-Calif.), chair of the House Democratic Caucus Gun Violence Prevention Task
Force, Waxman said that in addition to background checks for gun and ammunition
purchases, limiting the size of magazines, preventing straw purchases, and
banning assault weapons, they should consider trigger locks and fingerprint
recognition, public health research and mental health research and medical

Together, he said, they would provide "a comprehensive
blueprint for action in tackling one of the nation's most pressing public
health problems. I urge you and the Task Force to adopt them as part of your
final report."