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Elk Grove Mayor Signs on to Letter Seeking Stronger Gun Control

Newly sworn-in Mayor Gary Davis says he supports stronger gun control laws.

Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis announced Tuesday night he had backed a letter from the U.S. Conference of Mayors calling for tighter gun control laws.

"Today I joined Mayors across the nation calling on the President and Congress to enact stronger gun laws," Davis wrote on Twitter.

In the letter, the Conference of Mayors calls for three specific actions:

  • Enact legislation to ban assault weapons and other high-capacity magazines being prepared by Senator Dianne Feinstein and others; 
  • Strengthen the national background check system and eliminate loopholes in it; and 
  • Strengthen the penalties for straw purchases of guns. 

The letter comes less than a week after a mass killing at an elementary school in Newtown, CT. It goes on to say that Congress should increase funding for mental health care and establish a commission to look at violence in the country as a whole.

"We know that preventing gun violence – whether it is a mass shooting in a school or a murder on a street corner – will take much more than strengthening our gun laws," the letter says. "We need to reverse the culture of violence in our nation so that a violent act isn’t the first response to settling a difference or compensating for a wrong."

But gun control laws shouldn't wait for other improvements to happen first, the letter says.

Davis' name doesn't appear on the letter itself–it's signed by mayors who hold leadership roles in the Conference of Mayors, like Philidelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, its president, and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, its second vice president. The names of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel also appear on the letter.

Download the letter here [PDF].

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Darrin Smith December 21, 2012 at 08:54 AM
You are certainly Free of Thinking. You conveniently left out the mall shooting in Oregon just recently. Who stopped that nut job? The police? No. A citizen licensed to conceal carry drew his weapon, and in typical fashion as they always do, they kill themselves. Lesson? As soon as they are faced with opposition, its game over. Putting a "GUN FREE ZONE" sign only stops law abiding citizens, and sends a message to a lunatic that its "EASY TARGET ZONE". What is so difficult to understand that criminals find ways around the LAWS. They do not follow laws. GOOD law abiding citizens follow laws. In every state, city, etc that has the strictest gun regulation crime is goes up. These tragic incidents should not be an alarm to further restrict gun rights, it should be a call for the many and majority of willing american citizens to responsibly use their 2nd amendment right to bear arms and confront that lunatic that attempts to harm fellow citizens. Criminals are cowards, they want easy targets, not a challenge. Arm that principal, arm the teachers that are willing to be armed and trained. THAT saves lives. Not some new law that will just be ignored by another nut job.
Darrin Smith December 21, 2012 at 08:59 AM
You say we should look to Isreal. I agree. Israeli teachers are armed with FULLY AUTOMATIC weapons which are not even legal in the US. You see woman walking down the street with "assault rifles" (which is a manufactured term). With this kind of logic, we should be banning fertilizer (Oklahoma bombing), air planes, cars and alcohol. How is the war on drugs working out? Impossible to find drugs anywhere right? Yeah legislation on guns should work out real well too. Canada is doing away with their entire gun registry system for a reason. 1) It doesn't work and 2) its costing way too much. When Canada has more common sense than us you know we have a problem. Keep up the Thinking!
public safety retiree December 23, 2012 at 02:59 AM
I fail to see the name and photo of Mayor Davis on the member list of mayorsagainstillegalguns.org. Seems like it's morphing into mayors- against- legal- guns, anyway.
Dev Dog March 03, 2013 at 05:41 PM
Think Free least you got part of it right Lanza did have 2 handguns and he did have a semi auto rifle AR (Armilite Rifle) not Automatic Rifle, but not used in the Shooting it was in the trunk of his car as first reported but then quickly never mentioned again.
Jolly Jo March 03, 2013 at 08:59 PM
You do realize that the idea that the semi automatic rifle wasn't used has been thoroughly debunked.

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