Seattle Mayor Ed Murray today joined Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the national bipartisan coalition of mayors across the United States fighting for common-sense gun laws that will save lives by keeping illegal guns out of dangerous hands.
“Mayors are on the front lines of preventing gun violence in their communities and they know better than anybody else the daily toll of gun violence in our cities and towns,” said Michael R. Bloomberg. “But this is a national problem that requires national action — and that’s why our broad coalition of mayors from across the country has come together to demand that our leaders in Washington pass sensible laws that will save lives. The addition of Mayor Murray to our coalition strengthens our efforts to end the bloodshed and ensure that our communities are safe.”
“I am committed to bringing an end to senseless gun violence in our neighborhoods. As a State Senator, I was proud to fight for sensible gun laws in Olympia and as mayor, I will help lead the fight to pass I-594, ensuring a background check on the sale of all guns in Washington,” said Murray. “I’m proud to join mayors across the United States to fight the tragedy of gun violence and push a national agenda for common sense.”
Members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns include Democrats, Republicans, and Independents in big cities and small towns alike. While their backgrounds may differ, on the issue of gun violence they are united for the sake of public safety. The coalition recently announced that it has joined forces with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America – solidifying a nationwide movement of Americans working together to end gun violence.
Every day 33 Americans are killed by guns – Mayor Murray and his fellow coalition members are not willing to stand idly by. Mayors Against Illegal Guns has advocated for stronger gun laws in states and localities that are already keeping guns from dangerous hands. For example, in Colorado a new background check requirement has already blocked 100 sales to prohibited purchasers since the law went into effect last July.
The coalition has also called on Washington to take meaningful action to address the issue of gun violence in America, and they will continue to do so until progress is made. This includes:
- Requiring every gun buyer to pass a criminal background check.
- Submitting records of prohibited purchasers to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
- Making gun trafficking a federal crime.
- Passing stronger laws that keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and protect victims of domestic violence.