Mayor Menino, Senators Warren and Markey, members of Congress, families of gun violence victims, and faith leaders hold rally in Boston to urge support for background checks
Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, members of the state’s Congressional delegation, Massachusetts members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, local families of gun violence victims, law enforcement, gun owners, and faith leaders held a rally at Faneuil Hall today as part of the “No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence” – a 25-state national bus tour over a period of 100 days aimed at urging America’s leaders to support common-sense gun policies.
Statements of Mayors Against Illegal Guns co-chairs on Manchin-Toomey compromise to expand background checks
New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg: “Over the last few months, Americans across the country and in both parties have demanded that those in Washington take commonsense steps to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the seriously mentally ill. Today, Senators Manchin and Toomey have forged a bipartisan compromise agreement to extend background checks to cover commercial gun sales, including online and at gun shows.”
Mayors Against Illegal Guns announced today that, for the first time, it will score votes and other official activity on firearms policy in the 113th Congress. In a letter that will be sent to all members of Congress today, the coalition states that it will issue a scorecard assigning members a letter grade on their gun policy records. The letter can be found at: www.demandaction.org/score
Mayor Thomas M. Menino and 14 Mayors from across Massachusetts today released a PSA encouraging citizens to demand Congress take immediate action to prevent gun violence. The Mayors are members of the national Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition that now includes more than 900 mayors from 45 states and more than 1.4 million grassroots supporters. The PSA can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8x2TuJ1lD8. Local access channels of the participating Mayors have been provided with the ad, as well as Comcast, Charter, RCN cable companies and local broadcast media.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino today hosted the Massachusetts delegation of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) coalition as they continue their call on Congress to take action on gun violence. In his State of the City address Tuesday, Mayor Menino vowed to continue his work with the coalition of nearly 1,000 mayors and more than one million Americans. Today, Mayor Menino also called for Massachusetts’ interim Senate appointment to join the state’s delegation in fighting for gun reform.
2013 will see legislative changes on the war on guns. After 16 mass shootings nationwide in 2012 with a death toll of at least 84, Democrats have united for an attack on loopholes and shortcomings in national and statewide gun policy.