Mayors Ask President to Support Gun Control Plan
Three Nebraska Mayors Join Coalition
Washington D.C. - Vice-President Joe Biden has three weeks to deliver a plan to reduce gun violence in cities across the country. President Obama named Biden to lead a task force, following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
The Vice-President met today with survivors of the Virginia Tech shooting and gun safety groups.
Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle, Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler and Ralston Mayor Don Grosser have joined a coalition, "Mayors Against Illegal Guns". The mayors signed a letter to President Obama, asking for specific actions to address gun crimes, "Together, we urge you to put forward an agenda that is rooted in common sense and that will make it harder for dangerous people to possess guns and easier for people and prosecutors to crack down on them".
The group wants to require criminal background checks on every gun buyer and supports the Fix Gun Checks Act, which would ensure that anyone who should be prohibited from buying a firearm is listed in a national instant criminal background check system.
The coalition also want Congress to pass a law to get assault weapons off the street. A federal ban on assault weapons expired in 2004.
This week, the governors of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey all called for a review of gun laws in their state of the state messages. President Obama is expected to outline a plan for gun control in his state of the union speech.