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From the Office of Congressman Eliot L. Engel: Response to President Trump's Claim about Fixing Gun Laws that 'It's Not Going to Be Talk Like It Has Been in the Past' PDF Print Email


By Bryant Daniels, Director of Public Affairs, Office of Congressman Eliot L. Engel

Editor's note
:  Representative Eliot L. Engel represents the 16th Congressional District, which comprises the northern Bronx and the southern half of Westchester County, including Bronxville.

Mar. 4, 2018:  Congressman Eliot L. Engel issued the following statement: 

“The president has been quoted as saying, ‘It's not going to be talk like it has been in the past’ when it comes to fixing gun violence, but his comments ring hollow. Rather than fix anything, his administration has only worked to weaken our gun laws by making it easier for ‘fugitives from justice’ and people with mental illness to obtain guns. Literally, that is what this administration has done. 

“Now, in the face of the Parkland tragedy, the president says he wants ‘fixes’ to the problem, like expanded background checks and mental health screenings. Mr. President, actions speak louder than words. Republicans in the White House and in Congress have been unwilling to listen to reason, and that has led to years of pathetically weak gun laws—and a rising body count. 

“The GOP’s tactics, lifted right from the NRA’s playbook, have been amazingly effective at stymying even the most basic, commonsense gun safety regulations. Even now, after more children were gunned down in cold blood at school, the solutions being talked about to help curb gun violence are so woefully insufficient—or in the case of arming teachers, so insane—that I fear any real change will elude us once again. 

“There is no objection to people owning guns for safety or sport. But the Second Amendment wasn’t written with semi-automatic weapons in mind. They are weapons of war and no fair-minded person would confuse regulating them with infringing on personal freedom. 

“So, yes, we need expanded background checks and screenings. But what we also need is to reinstitute the assault weapons ban that was allowed to expire in 2004, limit magazine capacities, extend wait times for gun purchases, allow the CDC to finally study gun violence, and remove politicians from office who are beholden to Wayne La Pierre and the NRA. Without those things, we won’t be able to look those Parkland students in the eyes and say we’ve done all we can to make sure this never happens again.”

Pictured here:  Congressman Eliot L. Engel.

Photo courtesy Office of Congressman Eliot L. Engel

Editor's note:  As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes press releases, statements, and articles from local institutions, legislators, and candidates. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.


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Bronxville is a quaint village (one square mile) located just 16 miles north of midtown Manhattan (roughly 30 minutes on the train) and has a population of approximately 6,500. It is known as a premier community with an excellent public school (K-12) and easy access to Manhattan. Bronxville offers many amenities including an attractive business district, a hospital (Lawrence Hospital), public paddle and tennis courts, fine dining at local restaurants, two private country clubs and a community library.

While the earliest settlers of Bronxville date back to the first half of the 18th century, the history of the modern suburb of Bronxville began in 1890 when William Van Duzer Lawrence purchased a farm and commissioned the architect, William A. Bates, to design a planned community of houses for well-known artists and professionals that became a thriving art colony. This community, now called Lawrence Park, is listed on the National register of Historic Places and many of the homes still have artists’ studios. A neighborhood association within Lawrence Park called “The Hilltop Association” keeps this heritage alive with art shows and other events for neighbors.

Bronxville offers many charming neighborhoods as well as a variety of living options for residents including single family homes, town houses, cooperatives and condominiums. One of the chief benefits of living in “the village” is that your children can attend the Bronxville School.

The Bronxville postal zone (10708, known as “Bronxville PO”) includes the village of Bronxville as well as the Chester Heights section of Eastchester, parts of Tuckahoe and the Lawrence Park West, Cedar Knolls, Armour Villa and Longvale sections of Yonkers. Many of these areas have their own distinct character. For instance, the Armour Villa section has many historic homes and even has its own newsletter called “The Villa Voice” which reports on neighborhood news.

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