Since serving in the Massachusetts State House and while serving as district attorney, I have worked closely with victims' groups and individual family survivors. Through this exposure, I have seen in concrete terms the indelible scars left from such violence.
In my year and a half in Congress, throughout which I witnessed a colleague, Gabrielle Giffords, battle life-threatening wounds, I voted against the National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act, which would force states to recognize "concealed carry" licenses from other states.
I also opposed the repeal of a current requirement that a purchaser of 10 or more weapons report the purchase to the Justice Department. This passed overwhelmingly, too.
Further, I have co-sponsored the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act, which would prohibit the trade and manufacture of dangerous, high-capacity ammunition like that used in the horrifying attacks in both Tucson, Arizona and Aurora, Colorado, in addition to the Fire Sale Loophole Closing Act, which prevents anyone whose firearms license has been revoked or denied from transferring business inventory firearms into a personal collection or to an employee.
The regulations currently in place in Massachusetts, which include a ban on assault weapons, serve as an example of what could be accomplished on the national level. Along with our strict gun control laws, we have the lowest rate of gun-related deaths per capita in the United States.
I do not believe that that is a mere coincidence, and I will continue my fight to ensure that similar laws are passed in Congress.