Mayors in PSA urging stricter gun laws

Mar. 07, 2013 @ 07:26 PM

Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt and Durham Mayor Bill Bell are among 30 mayors featured in a public service announcement demanding Congress take immediate action to prevent gun violence.

In the PSA for Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns, a gun violence prevention organization comprised of 900 mayors from across the country, the participants demand that Congress pass legislation to require background checks for all sales, limit military-style and high-capacity magazines and make gun trafficking a federal crime.

“We have an opportunity to prevent tragedies like those that occurred in Newtown and Aurora,” Kleinschmidt said in a news release. “Our Washington policymakers have the opportunity to support commonsense gun reform. No more moments of silence.”

Bell is shown in the PSA telling viewers to “Demand action” and Kleinschmidt says, “No more makeshift memorials” in the fast-moving video that also features New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg as the primary spokesman.

In the new release announcing the PSA, Bloomberg said Americans overwhelming support background checks.

 “Now it’s time for Congress to stand with their constituents to pass a law requiring background checks for all gun sales – and to take other common sense steps to save lives.”

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