Sunday, January 30, 2011

Fix the broken gun laws - keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people

The recent shootings in Tucson have once again exposed flaws in America’s efforts to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, drug abusers, the mentally ill and other dangerous people.
I am joining more than 550 U.S. Mayors in calling on Congress to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people by taking two critical steps:

1. Get all the names of people who should be prohibited from buying guns into the  background check system.

2. Require a background check for/before every gun sale in America.
Every day in America, 34 people are murdered with guns. We can't accept the flaws in our background check system that lead to these tragic deaths. 

To Sign The Petition or just read more

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As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.