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January 16, 2013 Press Release

In 2012, our country suffered 16 mass shootings with 151 fatalities.  The brutal trend is a symptom of a larger problem: widespread gun violence.  All Members of Congress have a duty to their constituents to address specific legal loopholes that allow dangerous individuals to commit violent acts with guns. 

As we begin the 113th Congress, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) supports legislation aimed at making our communities safer while protecting the rights of responsible gun owners.   

January 11, 2013 Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                        

January 11, 2013

CONTACT:
Maria Reppas (McCollum) 202-225-6631

Current Law Has “Chilling Effect” on Current Data Compilation, Analysis

December 21, 2012 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) issued the following statement in response to today’s press conference by Mr. Wayne LaPierre, the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) executive vice president:

“No legal organization in America is more responsible than the NRA for lobbying to ensure the proliferation of killer guns while denying law enforcement tools to stop killers.  Wayne LaPierre’s call for guards and guns in every school building and playground is madness and a perverse vision for life in America.”

December 14, 2012 Press Release

Washington, DCCongresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) issued the following statement regarding the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

“Today’s elementary school shooting is heartbreaking. As a mother, the mass murder of young school children and educators is incomprehensible.  My prayers are with all families of the victims.”

December 4, 2012 Press Release

Contact:
Maria Reppas (McCollum), 202-225-6631

An estimated 695,000 children were victims of child abuse in 2010, and yet studies indicate that many child protection professionals – such as teachers, doctors, and prosecutors – are not adequately trained to identify and respond to abuse

The National Child Protection Training Center in Winona, MN would become one of four regional training centers that would create new curricula to help those who are most likely to be involved in identifying abuse

October 19, 2012 Press Release

For Immediate Release:  October 19, 2012                                        
Contact:  Maria Reppas, (202) 225-6631 / (202) 527-0149 maria.reppas@mail.house.gov

October 16, 2012 Press Release

For Immediate Release:  October 16, 2012                                        
Contact:  Maria Reppas, (202) 225-6631 / (202) 527-0149 maria.reppas@mail.house.gov

September 19, 2012 Statements For the Record

Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to H.R. 5912. This is a misguided bill that repeals public financing of our national political conventions and allows moneyed special-interests to complete their corporate buyout of America’s electoral process.

September 12, 2012 Statements For the Record

[as prepared]

As you’ve already heard here today, H.R. 5544 is missing an awful lot of important detail & taxpayer protections -- creating major problems with its vague and unusual language.  One major omission in this bill is its failure to acknowledge the treaty rights of Minnesota’s tribal nations.  Treaty rights are a prominent concern in this land exchange because the unspecified lands under consideration in H.R. 5544 are all within the Superior National Forest, which is governed by the 1854 Treaty between the Chippewa nations and the United States Government.

August 6, 2012 Press Release

For Immediate Release:  August 6, 2012                                        
Contact:  Maria Reppas, (202) 225-6631 / (202) 527-0149 maria.reppas@mail.house.gov

St. Paul, MN – Today, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) issued the following statement on the recent shooting at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

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