It's reassuring to see some action being taken lately on gun control and background checks. Let's hope some of it gets real results. As Rachel Maddow said, it's not a done deal that nothing can change just because the NRA is big and powerful. Things do get done, laws do get made, and have gotten passed, in spite of efforts by gun lobbyists:
With survivors and family members horrific gun violence in attendence, Mayors Against Illegal Guns(MAIG) today announced a major new plan to keep guns out of the hands of people who already aren't supposed to have them under existing law-like the shooters in three historic catastrophes: Columbine, Virginia Tech, and Tucson.
"The time has clearly come to finally fulfill the intent of the common sense gun law passed after the 1968 assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy, by creating a loophole-free background check system for the sale of firearms," said MAIG co-chair NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
"The best way to respond to the heinous acts of violence we have seen in our nation's history is to prevent them from ever happening again," added MAIG co-chair Mayor Thomase Menino. "Lax creening in response to these tragic shootings is no virtue."
Michael Bloomberg has a post up at HuffPo about this too. Please go read it.
I also received a press release. Here are a few excerpts:
The bi-partisan coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, led by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, was joined by Martin Luther King III and dozens of survivors and family members of gun violence victims to launch a national campaign urging Congress to take two simple but critical steps to fix our nation’s broken background check system: 1) fulfill the letter of the historic 1968 gun law and ensure that all names of people prohibited from buying a gun are in the background check system; and 2) fulfill the intent of the historic 1968 gun law by subjecting every gun sale to a background check. [...]
“There are those who fail to truly read the 2nd amendment,” said Mayor Menino. “They ignore the need for a common sense approach to guns in our communities. The best way to respond to the heinous acts of violence we have seen in our nation's history is to prevent them from ever happening again. Lax screening in response to these tragic shootings is no virtue.”
“For decades we have tolerated senseless gun violence, which has struck down too many of our fellow citizens, particularly our young people,” said Martin Luther King III, President and CEO of the King Center. “If we want to create a nonviolent society, we must enforce our public safety laws to keep the angry and dangerous few from destroying the peace and harmony of the many. I wholeheartedly join Mayor Bloomberg in calling on the President and Congress to finally deliver on the long unfilled promise to make sure that every gun buyer passes a background check. It is unconscionable to do anything less.”
Pdf describing legislation is here.
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