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Diamond mayor joins Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Coalition committed to ending gun violence in U.S.

Published: Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 4:59 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 3:48 p.m. CDT

DIAMOND, Ill. — In an effort to combat the senseless gun violence that claims 34 American lives every day, Diamond Mayor Terry Kernc has joined Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the national bipartisan coalition of more than 800 mayors.

These leaders are committed to protecting their communities by keeping illegal guns and military style-weapons off their streets and out of their schools.

Since its inception in April 2006, Mayors Against Illegal Guns has grown from 15 mayors to more than 800 from across the country. The coalition also has more than 700,000 grassroots supporters, making it the largest gun violence prevention advocacy organization in the country.

Its co-chairs are New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

Members include Democrats, Republicans, and Independents in big cities and small towns alike, from a variety of states across the nation. While their backgrounds may differ, on this issue they stand together and speak with one voice — united for the sake of our public safety.

They understand that support for Second Amendment rights goes hand-in-hand with the kind of common-sense gun policies that carry broad public support.

“I strongly endorse sensible gun laws that extend criminal background checks to all U.S. gun sales. And it goes without saying that we must keep military weapons away from our children,” Kernc said. “Our bipartisan group of mayors has concrete solutions that will aid in preventing gun violence by criminals.”

During the president’s next four years in office, 48,000 men, women, and children will fall victim to gun murder. Mayor Kernc and her fellow coalition members are simply not willing to stand idly by.

They have called on Washington to take meaningful action to address the issue of gun violence in America, and they will continue to do so until progress is made.

This includes:

• Requiring every gun buyer to pass a criminal background check.

• Getting military-style weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines off our streets. • Making gun trafficking a federal crime.

In the wake of the horrific mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., the members of the coalition sent a letter to the White House and to Congress outlining these three concrete proposals.

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