2013-04-11 / News

Bishop joins coalition of mayors to end gun violence

DAVISON — In an effort to combat the senseless gun violence that claims 34 American lives every day, Mayor Tim Bishop has joined Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the national bipartisan coalition of more than 800 mayors.

These leaders are committed to protecting their communities by keeping illegal guns and military style weapons off their streets and out of their schools.

Since Newton, Connecticut mass shooting, more than 150 new mayors have joined the coalition’s bipartisan ranks. The coalition also has more than 1,300,000 grassroots supporters, making it the largest gun violence prevention advocacy organization in the country.

Members include Democrats, Republicans, and Independents in big cities and small towns alike, from a variety of states across the nation. While their backgrounds may differ, on this issue they stand together and speak with one voice — united for the sake of our public safety.

They understand that support for Second Amendment rights goes handin hand with the kind of common-sense gun policies that carry broad public support — including among gun owners,” said a press release from the organization.

“This is not a coalition to grab guns and prevent ownership,” said Bishop. “It’s to allow citizens to legally own guns.”

During the President’s next four years in office, 48,000 men, women, and children will fall victim to gun murder. Bishop and his fellow coalition members are simply not willing to stand idly by. They have called on Washington to take meaningful action to address the issue of gun violence in America, and they will continue to do so until progress is made. This includes:

• Requiring every gun buyer to pass a criminal background check.

• Getting military-style weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines off our streets.

• Making gun trafficking a federal crime. — G.G.

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