Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a coalition of like-minded city leaders, has mobilized since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. NJ Today’s David Cruz examined how the movement is progressing in New Jersey.
“Our message when we go to Congress is very simple,” Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr said. “Pass sane gun laws now. Weapons designed for the battlefield have no place in Union County, no place in New Jersey or elsewhere.”
In a speech yesterday in Baltimore, New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg said that since the shooting, more than 100 new mayors had joined the group, bringing the total number of members to around 800.
“The slaughter of six adults and 20 children really broke the country’s heart, because for many Americans this is the straw that has broken the camel’s back,” Bloomberg said in his remarks.
The Mayors’ first line of attack comes in the form of the “I Demand a Plan” campaign designed to spread awareness and galvanize Americans to request changes in gun control laws.
On January 14, they also released a lengthy research packet about the gun lobby. It supported the argument that gun lobbyists are suppressing types of legislation, including mandating reporting of gun theft and limiting research and data collection on gun violence. See the full research packet, here.
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