Monday, January 14, 2013

Local mayors discuss gun issues

A bipartisan group of mayors from Delaware County discussed why they believe Congress needs to take steps to end gun violence on Monday – the one-month anniversary of a shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school that left 20 children and six staff members dead.

“What we need from Congress is a plan,” said Media Mayor Bob McMahon, a Democrat and Vietnam War veteran, at the event which was orchestrated by a coalition known as Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

McMahon said the coalition supports requiring background checks for all gun sales. In addition, the coalition is supportive of banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Lastly, the group wants to make gun trafficking a federal crime.

Longtime Collingdale Mayor Frank Kelly, a Republican, called for a moment of silence on the one-month anniversary of the Connecticut shooting. “And, of course, we pray this tragedy never happens again,” he said.

Lansdowne Mayor Jayne Young, a Democrat, said the goal of the National Rifle Association, the nation’s largest gun-rights lobby, is to sell more guns. She said it isn’t an infringement of the Second Amendment to require background checks for anyone who wants to buy a gun.

Toward the end of the event, which took place at the Towne House restaurant in Media, a video of an advertisement was shown. The advertisement will be shown in the Philadelphia area.


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