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In light of the tragic Newtown, Connecticut shooting, a large group of U.S. mayors is working to keep illegal guns out of dangerous hands.

This bipartisan coalition of more than 720 mayors from across the nation call themselves Mayors Against Illegal Guns and their effort is known as “Demand A Plan To End Gun Violence.”

The coalition is suggesting three things to legislatures in Washington D.C. that they believe could solve the current gun policy problem in the United States.

Of the three things, one has to do with creating a federal statute that makes gun trafficking a federal crime.

Another area, which coalition Director Mark Glaze believes is one of the biggest solutions, involves making sure every gun buyer gets a background check.

“Right now 40% to 50% of gun buyers never do, it’s a huge loop hole and criminals exploit it,” said Glaze.

Glaze blames the National Rifle Association for the current relaxed regulations surrounding background checks in the nation.

Glaze said the NRA believes any gun regulation is a bad one and thus fights against making background checks mandatory for all gun buyers. He said the NRA is on the wrong side of this debate.

“They’re on the wrong side of history and on the wrong side of a huge percentage of the American people who have no problem taking a couple of minutes out of their lives to get a background check if it’s going to keep the rest of us safe,” said Glaze.

The coalition also believes that some kind of ban on assault weapons needs to be created and enforced as well.

They are not talking about a ban like the one that was in place from 1994 to 2004 on assault rifles, but rather one that better defines what an assault weapon is.

Glaze said the fact of the matter is that these types of weapons really only belong in the hands of police officers and soldiers.

“These are essentially designed for killing a lot of people quickly. They have no other purpose,” said Glaze. “I hunted when I was a kid, my dad was a hunter, but no sportsman ought to be hunting with a gun like this and no hobbyist really needs one.”

Glaze believes this comes down to people making a choice on whether their right to owning an assault weapon is more important than keeping people safe.

For Glaze, the answer is easy. He wants to keep people safe.

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Comments

  • Chalkdust

    We can all thank Jimmy Carter for turning the wackos loose in the first place when he through open the doors to the nations insane asylums. Then he agreed to accept All those insane critters from Cuba during the Marianas boat lift. A very special thanks should go out to the ACLU for making sure the biggest crazies stay out.
    Come to think of it...liberals account for most of our nations problems.

  • Shadow

    Buy back Weston and start to fix the real problem. Get the Wacko's off the street!

  • JOHN

    GUN SHOW LOOPHOLE IS BUNK. NO GUN SHOWS IN WV SELL WITHOUT BACKROUND CHECK. BAD PEOPLE ARE BAD WITH OR WITHOUT GUNS. THE MORE YOU RESTRICT THE MORE YOU WIL ENABLE ONLY THE BAD PEOPLE TO HAVE ANY GUNS, NOT JUST YOUR SO CALLED ASSAULT RIFLES. A BB GUN COULD BE CONSIDERED AN ASSAULT RIFLE IF IT FIT THE APPEARANCE.

    • Jeff

      Obviously John, you do not shop at gunshows. Only licensed dealers that are set up there have to comply with current laws regarding background checks. I have purchased many a gun at gun shows and have never gone throught a gun check. And I am a law abiding citizen.

  • Alum

    So Mr. Glaze thinks a background check is "going to keep the rest of us safe." I believe Mr. Glaze is naive and over-speaking, if you will. A culture that is rotten-to-the-core produces people that are rotten-to-the-core, who in turn conduct rotten-to-the-core acts. Background checks are not going to "keep the rest of us safe" in the current entitlement, no responsibility, define-your-own-truth culture that we live in. Of course the source of the problem are the volitional agents making poor decisions and bad choices that unfortunately maim and kill the innocent. The issues involved are multi-faceted and are not going to be easy to solve. I really wish that as a people we would stop looking for easy solutions when the easy way won't solve the problems that we have created. I have yet to see a gun get up by itself and wound or kill; it's the self-centered, self-absorbed, living-by-my-truth person making the destructive decision that maims and kills. At the end of the day it looks like this is more of a moral problem than anything else (but we can't discuss morals because some may be offended - oh my).

    • StefanieH

      Great comment. You said everything I was thinking.

  • Wolfshund

    "The government knows best - you must comply"

    "There must be absolute obedience"

  • wvman75

    They're on the wrong side of the Constitution of the United States. Sorry about their luck.