Below is the Congressman’s press release:
Gutierrez Calls on Judiciary Chairman to Hold
Hearings on Trayvon Martin Case
Washington, DC – On Monday, Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) called on Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte (R-VA) to hold hearings into the Trayvon Martin case in the House Judiciary Committee. Gutierrez wrote, “When any child is gunned down and no one goes to jail, it is incumbent on lawmakers at the highest level of government to investigate whether justice has been done, whether the underlying law is just, and whether federal legislation could help avoid another tragic death like the death of Trayvon Martin. I respectfully request that the House Judiciary Committee hold hearings as soon as possible to examine these questions further.”
Rep. Gutierrez said the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida, “undermines the rule of law, erode community trust in law enforcement, and exemplify just how dangerous the combination of rampant fear and easily available guns can be.”
Earlier this year, Rep. Gutierrez introduced H.R. 965, a bill to ban “junk guns,” the small, cheaply manufactured, easily concealable handguns that are disproportionately used in the commission of crimes.
On Wednesday, the Congressman was in Orlando, Florida where he addressed a legislative panel at the NAACP’s 104th Annual Convention, along with Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA).
“Finally, I note with great sadness that Mr. Martin was just one of hundreds and hundreds of children we have lost to guns. There is no reason in a modern society to accept the sale, marketing, and widespread proliferation of guns as a means for killing other human beings and our laws should reflect that fact.”
The Congressman’s letter concludes: “Day after day and month after month, gun violence is taking the lives of children in the City of Chicago at a horrendous rate. And yet, the House Judiciary Committee scarcely has anything to say about it.”