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Tom Menino on Gun Control

 


2006: Created Mayors Against Illegal Guns; now 600 mayors

Victims of gun violence joined Mayor Thomas Menino today to pressure lawmakers to vastly improve background checks for gun purchases. Menino called on legislators to ensure that people with records of mental illness and drug abuse are added to a nationa database of prohibited purchasers. "It's time to make a decision to protect the American people," Menino said. "We have no political agenda--only a life-saving one."

In 2006, Menino and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg created Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a coalition that advocates for stricter gun-control laws and now includes more than 600 mayors from 40 states. Menino touted the Boston's recent success in this area, telling reporters that police have taken more than 360 illegal guns off the streets. But the mayor stressed that the issue extends far beyond the city, and even the Bay State. "We need national leadership to fix a broken background-check system," he said.

Source: Alex Katz in Boston Globe, "Stricter Checks" , Nov 15, 2011

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Phil Gordon (D,Phoenix)
Tom Menino (D,Boston)
Michael Nutter (D,Philadelphia)
Annise Parker (D,Houston)
Mike Rawlings (D,Dallas)
Jerry Sanders (R,San Diego)
Antonio Villaraigosa (D,Los Angeles)

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Jerry Brown (D,Oakland,CA)
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