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Rhome Among Mayors Who Sent Obama Letter Against Illegal Guns

A coalition of more than 750 mayors has joined forces with more than 700,000 Americans and more than 100 gun incident survivors to call for action after the Sandy Hook shootings.

At the memorial service on Sunday evening for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims, President Barack Obama said: “If there is even one step we can take to save another child or another parent or another town from the grief that has visited Tucson and Aurora and Oak Creek and Newtown and communities from Columbine to Blacksburg before that—then surely we have an obligation to try.”

A bipartisan coalition of more than 750 mayors—including Canonsburg Mayor David H. Rhome—has joined forces with more than 700,000 Americans and more than 100 survivors of deadly shootings, including the mass shootings mentioned in Obama's remarks to urge the president to put forward an agenda that is rooted in common sense and will make it harder for dangerous people to possess guns, and easier for police and prosecutors to crack down on them.

In the letter, the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition calls for congressional action to require every gun buyer to pass a criminal background check, get high-capacity rifles and ammunition magazines off the streets, and make gun trafficking a federal crime.

The mayors' group called on the federal administration to take immediate action to curb gun violence by: appointing a director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; prosecuting prohibited purchasers who attempt to buy firearms, ammunition or high-capacity magazines; requiring federal agencies to report records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS); and repealing "Tiahrt restrictions," which are riders to the federal budget that restrict access to federal gun data.

Do you support the stand taken by these local mayors? Tell us in the comments section.

cecil resident December 21, 2012 at 04:18 PM
This could be a good thing if done with common sense and the law isn't designed to hurt the majority of gun owners who are responsible and have no problem with back ground checks, etc. Their is also another issue and that is the mental health issue they have closed all the mental hospitals and this area were they had the proper care and medication this also needs to be addressed. A large portion of the homeless have mental health issues and todays laws make it hard to have someone committed ask anyone in the mental health field.. Maybe there should be a letter for the mental health issue as well. One problem I have with our federal government handling this issue is we all remember they put automatic weapons in the hand of criminals who used them to kill hundreds of people in their country as well as our own law enforcement they don't have clean hands in the gun issue.. No matter what laws that are passed their will always be guns in the hand of criminals and someone who wants to do a crime like this will find a way maybe another part of the solutions is self protection. Their are no quick fixes so I am going to pray for the families and the whole community in this heart breaking time.

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