Alameda Mayor Signs Letter Seeking Stronger Gun Control

Marie Gilmore joins scores of mayors in asking Obama to "make it harder for dangerous people to own guns."

Alameda Mayor Marie Gilmore signed a letter to President Obama Wednesday as part of a group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, calling for tighter gun control laws and other steps — notably appointing an official to fill a top enforcement post that has been vacant for six years..

The letter Gilmore signed noted that "the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), the federal agency responsible for enforcing our gun laws, has gone without a confirmed director for more than six years."

Gilmore's group sent out its note on the same day that the U.S. Conference of Mayors wrote to the President and Congress with a similar agenda that called 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. 

"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 Conference of Mayors 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.

The two letters come less than a week after a . 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.

Download the letter Gilmore signed here [PDF].

Download the Conference letter here [PDF].

What do you think of the Mayor's position?

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paul english December 21, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Excellent ! But should we be selling semi-automatic weapons in Alameda? In light of the Newtown, Connecticut massacre, I would urge my fellow Alamedans to join me in signing a petition to Steven Miller, CEO of Big 5 Sporting Goods, which sells high powered, rapid fire weapons which can be easily reloaded and equipped with high capacity magazines at their South Shore store. According to Big 5, these weapons are an “ideal training tool for law enforcement, military personnel, and civilians.” Let’s make a start to limit these weapons, which can threaten our children, from falling into the hands of mentally-ill individuals and demand that they not be sold in Alameda! Please sign the petition at http://www.change.org/petitions/steven-g-miller-ceo-big-5-sporting-goods-stop-selling-semiautomic-weapons-at-big-5-in-alameda
Reuben Kincaid December 23, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Paul, I respect what you are trying to do, but you are scaring parents and you are scaring children. Big 5 does not sell high powered, rapid fire weapons. They have hunting and sporting rifles there. The rifles they sell that are "military looking" is cosmetic only, since California has an assault weapons ban, and the average hunting rifle is more lethal. Facts and the truth are important in this debate. You are being less than truthful when you are telling Alamedans a local store is selling high powered, rapid fire weapons. Look at the comments in your petition and the misinformation is obvious. People are calling for Big 5 in Alameda to stop selling large ammunition magazines, automatic weapons and assault weapons -- all illegal in CA. This just upsets me because we need real gun control in this country and this is hurting the cause.
Paul Brewer December 23, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Gun control is part of the answer and the issue is, again about more than availability....can we also add societal ? And can we also add that this nation largely fails in legislating behavior and morality ? If we could find a "one size fits all" solution and simply flip a switch as many seem to think, then well and good. Since when am I scaring anyone ? You speak about "facts and truth" ...which I am illuminating. And children do not need a power point demonstration, but appropriate to age, deserve facts and truth....not to mention a cohesive family and sense of love and security.....which I might suggest would eliminate much of the slaughter this nation suffers. I have no problem with protests, but the situation and solutions have more holes than swiss cheese.
Reuben Kincaid December 24, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Paul Brewer, my reply was to Paul English, not you. I agree with your posts.
paul english February 21, 2013 at 03:19 AM
Thanks Reuben; good points. I'm a public health professional and have just started to educate myself on the gun issue. I appreciate your comments. Paul English


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