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Mayors’ Campaign Against Guns Hits The Road

February 21, 2011 by  

Mayors' campaign against guns hits the roadThe coalition of United States mayors that supports stricter gun control laws is taking its campaign on the road.

During a Feb. 16 appearance on ABC's Good Morning America, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the launch of the National Drive to Fix Gun Checks, which is a truck that will travel to approximately 25 States over two months. The vehicle will display a running tally of the number of Americans who have been killed by guns since the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson, Ariz.

"Every day, 34 Americans are murdered with guns, and most of them are purchased or possessed illegally," Bloomberg said in a statement, quoted by The Huffington Post. "It is time for Washington to take action: Since the Tucson shooting, more than 1,300 people have been killed with guns in the U.S. and that number continues to grow."

The national drive began on Feb. 16 in New York City's Times Square. Bloomberg is the co-chair of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), a group of more than 550 U.S. mayors who support tougher gun laws, including more thorough background checks.

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, who is in the final days of his 22-year tenure in office, recently made his last push for stricter gun policies. The outgoing Democrat proposed four new criminal laws for Illinois, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Among the proposals are measures to charge 15- to 17-year-olds arrested with guns as adults in court, as well as a mandatory prison sentence of at least five years for felons caught with firearms.

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