Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the gun control group put together by Mayor Bloomberg and comprised of 600 mayors around the nation is out today with a letter urging President Obama to take a stronger stance on firearms.
It has been, they note, six months since Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was severely injured by crazed shooter in Tucson, and despite promises to the contrary, little progress has been made to close loopholes.
Referencing an op-ed Obama wrote in the Arizona Daily Star calling for an agreement on new guns laws, they write:
But in the months since your op-ed was published, your Administration has not taken any new steps to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, terrorists and other dangerous people – even though there are many steps that could be taken administratively, without any new legislation.
We appreciate your call for a new discussion on illegal guns, and recognize that you are engaged in a process of meeting with stakeholders and developing administrative reforms to improve public safety. But as your process comes to a close, what our country really needs is your leadership. There is nothing to prevent your Administration from taking steps to make the country safer from illegal guns.
Among the reforms the group proposes are:
- Enforce reporting laws that could have stopped the Tucson shooter from obtaining a gun.
- Remove policy riders that are obstructing the congressional investigation into Fast & Furious [a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms initiative that would have traced illegal guns into Mexico] and impede other important law enforcement activities.
- Proceed with requirement for gun dealers to report multiple sales of assault rifles in states along the U.S.-Mexico border.
- Improve enforcement of current laws to address illegal gun buys at gun shows, including by terror suspects.
Full letter can be found here.
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