Calls on President Obama and Governor Romney To Address Issue Directly & Highlights New Poll Showing NRZ Members Support Common-Sense Measures to Keep Guns Out of Dangerous Hands
(July 27, 2012) – Mayor Pedro E. Segarra today called on members of Congress – and President Obama and Governor Romney – to renew the U.S. commitment to stopping gun violence.
“We need moments of silence after Tucson and after Aurora, but we also need moments of action where Washington offers concrete solutions to prevent future tragedies,” said Mayor Segarra, a member of the national, bipartisan Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition.
The coalition today launched a new campaign – www.DemandAPlan.org – where visitors can sign a petition urging the presidential candidates to tell the country specifically what they will do to stop gun violence.
“Here in Connecticut, our federal representatives mostly support common-sense measures to close deadly loopholes and strengthen enforcement, but that’s not enough. Gun violence is an issue that must be front and center in every stump speech, and at the top of every party platform.”
He pointed to a new survey by Republican pollster Frank Luntz that shows overwhelming public support, even among NRA members, for common-sense gun laws.
Among the key findings of the poll, commissioned by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Luntz found that 74 percent of NRA members and 87 percent of non-NRA gun owners support requiring criminal background checks of anyone purchasing a gun; and 79 percent of NRA members and 80 percent of non-NRA gun owners support requiring gun retailers to perform background checks on all employees.
Segarra has been a leading member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition in Connecticut. There are 10 coalition Mayors in Connecticut, representing 800,000 residents – or nearly 25% of the state.
In March, Segarra and his colleagues urged representatives to fix the nation’s gun background check system, and to oppose federal proposals that would make it easier to carry hidden, loaded guns into Connecticut.
“Now is the time for our leaders in Washington, DC to forget partisanship and ideology. With 34 Americans murdered with guns every day, we need a greater sense of urgency from Congress and our Presidential candidates to address this critical issue,” said Segarra.
“We know there are effective measures to stop the flood of illegal guns into our communities, and we know there is strong public support for putting them in place. Let us honor the memories of the victims of Aurora – and the victims of so many gun crimes right here in Connecticut – by acting now to prevent the next tragedy.”