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April 3, 2018
Enough is Enough
           Congressman Langevin at the Providence March for Our Lives

Dear Friends,

I have been truly inspired by the courage and commitment of students across the country who have come together to demand action to address the scourge of gun violence. From Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., these students are making their voices heard, and I was honored to attend the March for our Lives at the State House in Providence to join them in declaring, “enough is enough!”

No one should have to live through the horrors that the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas endured. Regrettably, gun violence continues to be an epidemic in communities throughout the U.S. However, there are steps we can take to combat this public health menace. In fact, for the first time in decades, we are seeing a bit of movement thanks to the commitment of countless students, parents, teachers, and activists. Congress recently passed a bill that helps strengthen the background check system and lifts the two decade ban on research into the causes of gun violence. But there’s so much more we can accomplish together.

We must pass legislation to require universal background checks and enact a ban on assault weapons, which have no place in our society, let alone in our classrooms. We must ensure that irresponsible gun dealers are held accountable for selling to criminals and that domestic abusers cannot threaten their victims with firearms.

I respect the Second Amendment and believe in the legitimate rights of gun owners to bear arms for the purposes of self-defense or hunting. But we owe it to the innocent victims of gun violence everywhere to enact commonsense laws to help prevent these tragedies from happening in the future. Together, we can be the agents of change our nation’s students deserve.

Keep up with my efforts on gun violence prevention and many other issues on my website and by following me on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

            Sincerely,

           Rep. Langevin's Signature

Congressman Langevin at a Congressional Task Force on Election Security Press Conference
At Long Last
Although we are several months into 2018, I’m pleased Congress was finally able to come together to pass a spending bill that will benefit Rhode Islanders. It increases funding for career and technical education, early childhood development and college affordability while strengthening investments to help combat the opioid epidemic, promote biomedical research, and secure our state election systems. This bill is far from perfect, but I’m proud of the support it provides for important domestic and national security programs.
 
Congressman Langevin delivering a meal
Delivering Lunch
I always enjoy delivering a meal and spending some time with a homebound individual. During the March for Meals drive, I brought lunch to Ms. Geraldine Ramagalia, a 75-year-old Warwick resident who worked in the Providence school system for 20 years. When discussing Meals on Wheels, she speaks of “coming full circle” from her years of serving lunch to students. Ms. Ramagalia is a testament to the benefit of Meals on Wheels, not only for the recipients of the program, but for the volunteers as well.
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