FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - A month to the day after the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, officials from across Northeast Indiana called on Congress to enact more efforts to reduce gun violence.
Mayor Tom Henry, D-Fort Wayne, Mayor Richard Hickman, D-Angola, were joined by members of the Fort Wayne Police Department and Fort Wayne Fire Department are calling for three key provisions to curb gun violence across America:
1) Background checks for all gun sales.
2) Ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines
3) Enhance gun trafficking to a federal crime.
"I think it is time to take a look at everything about our gun laws," Hickman says. "I think it is insane that we have over 20,000 gun laws in this country, and still, apparently, haven't gotten it right."
"We believe that support for the Second Amendment goes hand-in-hand with keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and other dangerous individuals," Henry says.
Henry and Hickman are members Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a bipartisan coalition made of more than 800 mayors across the United States. Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, D-Gary, Mayor Mark Kruzan, D-Bloomington, and Mayor Dennis Tyler, D-Muncie, are also part of the group, but were unable to attend Monday's meeting at Citizen Square.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns plan to air commercials in markets including Fort Wayne detailing the importance of gun violence.
The group of mayors agree with President Obama that it will be difficult to pass some measures through Congress.
The president will receive recommendations of proposed gun control legislation Tuesday. The recommendations will come from a series of meeting between Vice President Biden and both pro- and anti-gun advocates last week.
Mr. Obama outlined his position at a White House press conference Monday afternoon.
"We have to have stronger background checks," the president says. "We can do a much better job in terms of keeping these magazine clips with high-capacity out of the hands of folks who shouldn't have them."
The president says proposed legislation would be in the hopes that a Newtown-type massacre would never happen again.
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