NEW YORK, March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Indiana members of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition Mayor Tom Henry of Fort Wayne, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson of Gary, Mayor Dennis Tyler of Muncie, and Mayor Richard Hickman of Angola released the following statement in response to Senator Joe Donnelly's announcement of his support for background checks:
"As mayors who are charged with ensuring the safety of our constituents, we applaud Senator Donnelly for supporting comprehensive and enforceable background checks for all gun sales. These checks are a commonsense measure that keep felons, domestic abusers, and other dangerous people from getting their hands on guns -- and above all, they help save lives. The Senator's support for background checks is yet another testament to the fact that even the most ardent supporters of the Second Amendment believe the right to bear arms comes with a responsibility to protect our children and our communities. We thank Senator Donnelly for his leadership on this critical issue, and we urge his fellow colleagues in Washington to follow suit."
Mayors Against Illegal Guns began airing ads in Indiana this week specifically calling on Senator Joe Donnelly and Senator Dan Coats to take action to pass commonsense gun reforms. Given Senator Donnelly's support for background checks, his name will be removed from subsequent ads. Ads will continue to air in key states during the Congressional recess and can be found here: www.demandaction.org/recessads
About Mayors Against Illegal Guns
Since its creation in April 2006, Mayors Against Illegal Guns has grown from 15 members to more than 900 mayors from across the country. We have more than 1.5 million grassroots supporters, making us the largest gun violence prevention advocacy organization in the country. The bipartisan coalition, co-chaired by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, has united the nation's mayors around these common goals: protecting communities by holding gun offenders accountable; demanding access to crime gun trace data that is critical to law enforcement efforts to combat gun trafficking; and working with legislators to fix weaknesses and loopholes in the law that make it far too easy for criminals and other dangerous people to get guns. Learn more at www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org
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