Jackson Urges Obama and Romney To Tighten Gun Regulations

Hamden Mayor adds his support to Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition letter to presidential candidates.


In the wake of the Colarodo theater shootings, Mayor Scott Jackson announced Friday that he has joined Mayor Bloomberg and Mayor Menino, the Co-Chairs of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, in signing a letter regarding illegal guns and related issues that is addressed to President Barack Obama and Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

In the letter, the mayors advocate for the passage of laws that mandate background checks for firearm sales that take place at gun shows and over the Internet, which currently aren't required and prohibit felons and others deemed dangerous from purchasing high-capacity magazines. 

They also want laws in four southern state mandating the reporting of bulk assault rifle sales extended to the entire country and include sales made within five days of each other, and calls for stricter monitoring of the sale of amunition.


The letter reads as follows:

Dear President Obama and Governor Romney,

The mass shooting that left twelve dead and scores injured in Colorado last week was yet another example of the high cost of gun violence. But it was hardly unusual. Unless Washington takes action, 48,000 Americans will be murdered with guns during the next president’s term – 34 every day.

In the past week, more than 700 Mayors Against Illegal Guns and survivors of other shooting tragedies have asked both of you to offer a detailed plan to reduce the daily toll of gun violence. Our coalition urges you to explain how you will keep the public safe while protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners if you are elected president in November.

In particular, we ask you to consider the following common-sense reforms.

  • Improve efforts to get records of prohibited gun purchasers into the background check database: NICS has blocked more than 1.9 million prohibited purchasers from buying illegal guns. But the database is missing millions of records of individuals who are prohibited from owning firearms because of serious mental illness or drug use, including the alleged Tucson shooter. The Fix Gun Checks Act (H.R.1781/S.436) would create incentives for states to complete their reporting and hold federal agencies accountable for failing to share their records with NICS. A 2011 survey conducted by a partnership of Republican and Democratic pollsters for Mayors Against Illegal Guns found that 90 percent of Americans and 90 percent of gun owners support closing these gaps.
  • Close the private sale loophole by requiring a background check for every sale: Millions of gun sales — approximately 40 percent of the U.S. annual total — are conducted through unlicensed sellers at gun shows, over the Internet or elsewhere and are therefore not subject to a federal background check. The Fix Gun Checks Act (H.R.1781/S.436) would close this loophole by requiring that prospective gun buyers be given a background check. This measure enjoys broad public approval, including the support of 74 percent of NRA members, according to a May 2012 survey conducted for Mayors Against Illegal Guns by Frank Luntz.
  • Block criminals, the seriously mentally ill and other prohibited gun purchasers from acquiring high-capacity ammunition magazines: Federal law prohibits felons and other dangerous people from buying guns or ammunition, and the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) was designed to block these buyers at the point of purchase. But a gap in the law allows them to purchase high-capacity magazines that allow a shooter to fire hundreds of rounds in a matter of minutes – including the killers at Virginia Tech, Tucson and Aurora. The federal government should bar individuals who have been deemed too dangerous to own guns or ammunition from buying magazines that hold more than ten rounds, and enforce that law by requiring sellers to conduct background checks before selling these magazines.
  • Restore oversight of ammunition sales: While it is now a felony for criminals and other prohibited gun purchasers to buy ammunition, there is no way to monitor these sales. Prior to 1986, ammunition sellers had to keep basic sales records, but the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986 (Pub. L. No. 99-308) repealed that measure among others. In the meantime, ordinances requiring sellers to keep sales logs in Sacramento and Los Angeles have enabled police to identify and arrest hundreds of criminals. In addition, Wal-Mart – the nation’s largest firearms retailer – keeps records of these transactions voluntarily. This common-sense public safety measure should be restored to federal law.
  • Track bulk sales of assault weapons: Last year, at the urging of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) issued new rules requiring dealers in the four southwest border states to report bulk sales of assault rifles. In the first eight months of the program, these reports lead to the prosecution of more than 100 defendants. Similar reports for bulk sales of handguns lead to 300 criminal investigations involving more than 25,000 illegal handguns in just one year. The administration should extend this program to all fifty states and require dealers to report when they sell more than one assault rifle or at least one assault rifle and one handgun within five business days to the same buyer.
  • Prosecute prohibited purchasers who attempt to buy firearms, ammunition or high-capacity magazines. The Justice Department should vigorously prosecute felons and other prohibited purchasers who fail gun background checks. In 2009, the Federal Bureau of Investigation referred more than 71,000 such cases to ATF, but U.S. Attorneys ultimately prosecuted only 77 of them, despite the fact that, according to a study funded by the Justice Department, people are 28 percent more likely to be arrested in the five years following their failed background check than they had been in the five years before it. Prosecuting these offenders is a goal broadly supported by our coalition and the National Rifle Association. The Department should also develop a mechanism for sharing NICS denial information with local and state law enforcement officials by sending them active alerts; or, at a minimum, posting the information at the National Criminal Information Center so state and local law enforcement officials can access it during investigations.
  • Create a special ATF unit to investigate trafficking crimes conducted online: Thousands of websites now host a flourishing trade in firearms and ammunition, and a recent New York City investigation found 25,000 guns for sale on just ten of them. Many online guns sales occur anonymously and without background checks. An investigation by the City of New York revealed that 62 percent of private online sellers were willing to sell guns to someone who said he probably couldn’t pass a background check – a federal felony. The ATF should create an Internet trafficking unit with the necessary expertise and capacity to monitor and interdict internet gun crime.

In the past few weeks, the American people came together to extend condolences to the survivors and the families of those we lost in Aurora. But we need more than a moment of silence to save innocent lives. We need leadership – and we need it to come from the White House.  We urge you to outline a concrete plan to reduce gun violence and incorporate it into your campaign platform.

Don Charles August 10, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Oh here we go many who do not accept this incompetent lying president are racist, is what you really meant Dan. Okay you voted for Obama last time so you would not be called a racist, now you can vote for him again and you can be called an idiot!!
Dan Garrett August 10, 2012 at 09:47 AM
New polls just came out, mitt, is in trouble, the guy who paid 0 taxes, destroyed good paying American jobs, who had five grandmothers at the same time, $50,000 elevator for his cars, oh yeah Obama is the Hollywood elitist, implemented Obamacare in Massachusetts, destroyed pensions of hard working Americans, has five sons who never served his country, oh yeah and mitt ran to France to sign people up to the mormon church during Vietnam, (coward), was the pioneer of outsourcing call centers to India, so when someone barely speaks english when you call a company you can thank the mitt. These are all facts you had no idea about, because you listen to Rush, Fox, Hannity O'Reilly, greta , beck and the other liars.
cheryl August 10, 2012 at 12:05 PM
And they capitalize on the uninformed. Their ideology stands above logic, and the worse of it is they think they know it all . They need another point of reference. But they are to narrow minded to do the hard work and research the facts. I am sick of that too. Did you know that 1 million are now on welfare? That's 1/3 of U.S. population? Not including people on SS, Medicare, Medicaid- just welfare. We are contributing to our own demise. How do they justicy that?
cheryl August 10, 2012 at 12:18 PM
I do remember the Iran Contra scandal. I sat through the trial of North. I listened to it on TV and I have his book. There are many scandals in history. The world and the people in it are not perfect. Yes, America to is not perfect. But they keep trying for a untopia society, fairness, social justice, no poverty, thru education, regulation, laws, taxes, etc. As impoverished that some are in America are, they are still are better off then the poverty in other countries. But America was still the best country in the world. Now, our wealth, military, our principles and values and the strength of American citizens are being "dumbed down" which is the goal, instead of being the super power, the country that everyone wants to go to, these politicians want us to be EQUAL with other countries socially & economicly. That's ok with some people. Not me. We are/were an exceptional country and the ONLY country for 236 years that had prosperity for our citizens. We were great. Where are we headed. If the UN had their way we will all become nudged into behavior modification and social engineering . We must stand.
cheryl August 10, 2012 at 12:21 PM
So tell me what do YOU know about him...List them.
cheryl August 10, 2012 at 12:26 PM
New polls just came out, mitt, is in trouble, Yes if you believe the polls as they sometime poll more dems , the guy who paid 0 taxes,$3 million in taxes my friend destroyed good paying American jobs, and how many people did BHO put our of work 25 million,, who had five grandmothers at the same time- don't know about that, $50,000 elevator for his cars he worked for his money and can spend it anyway he wants, oh yeah Obama is the Hollywood elitist but condems other rich guys, implemented Obamacare in Massachusetts - 10th amendment states rights, destroyed pensions of hard working Americans - created 1000's of jobs with his OWN money not taxpayers money, has five sons who never served his country- did he serve in the military, oh yeah and mitt ran to France to sign people up to the mormon church during Vietnam, (coward), don't know about that either, was the pioneer of outsourcing call centers to India BHO GE Fiat, shall I go on as our tax dollars thru stimulus went to banks overseas, so when someone barely speaks english when you call a company you can thank the mitt. These are all facts you had no idea about, because you listen to Rush, Fox, Hannity O'Reilly, greta , beck and the other liars. I just blew a hole in every one of your so called facts. You are so misguided. Reply
cheryl August 10, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Its called capitalzm. Success, hard work, good decisions, smart. Family oriented, faith, charitable, honorable. Don't you want sucess????? Set a goal and do what it takes to get there. Education, invest, but for some they rather take a hand out instead of a hand up. LAZY....
John Ludovico August 10, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Dan- As I said before...you are obviously a very confused man. It was not I that posted that comment abou Reagan. I know it was a mistake.... in the same way your vote for Obama will be a mistake,
marc s ruby August 10, 2012 at 12:59 PM
All this stuff about 'Mitts Taxes' is all small time B.S. 'Obama' can't run on his record so he goes 'Negative ' against Romney, to keep the focus off himself. 'Holders' fast and furious' gun running into Mexico etc.. Amnesty to Millions of illegals to pump up his voter base, without Congressional approval...another...Simply put we have a 'Chicago Gangster' running the Country and Boehner doesn't have a pair to keep 'Barry' in check nor 'impeach him. 'Obama' won't unseal his "Columbia School records because he came into 'Columbia ' as a foreign exchange student, from Indonesia where he was 'Barry Sotero' ,,citizen of Indonesia. Go to 'Root for America.com' if you want further proof of this. Why do you think 'Obama' has spent $Millions on Lawyers fees to keep records sealed.?????
cheryl August 10, 2012 at 01:12 PM
My point being- In America YOU control your destiny unless you like BIG GOV. then the gov controls you - BHO loves BIG GOV- and the more gov regulations= whether Obamacare, Chris Dodd, handouts- doesn't matter, the gov is in control. YOU LOSE YOUR INDIVIDUAL FREEDOMS. Now if you're too stupid to see that, you're a lost cause. But you have a choice. FREEDOM OR GOV CONTROL. And the gov has a way of NUDGING you into a certain behavior. Raise gas prices- the less you drive, anda that's their goal. Close coal plants- alterative fuel source, Obamacare, Chris Dodd, its all nudging the masses into a certain behavior.
John Ludovico August 10, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Dan- Here's something you may not know. Just before the 2008 election, a radio DJ in NYC heard a rumor that there were people who were not going to vote for Obama, SIMPLY BECAUSE HE IS BLACK. Hearing this, he sent a reporter to Harlem. He interviewed black people on the street. He asked who they were going to vote for. To a man (& woman) they all said Obama. When asked "why?", the responses were such as..cuz he's da man...cuz he's a brother, etc. Not one person could express any valid reason for voting for him. The reporter asked one man, "So..you're OK voting for Obama even though he will have Sarah Palin as his vice- president running mate?" The man answered..."absolutely." The point here, Dan, is that there are many misguided, ignorant people who are voting for all the wrong reasons. My hope is that the great majority of those that voted for Obama now have deep regrets & will not vote for him again. You are guilty of believing what rumors & lies are being spread. Or maybe you just want to see Obama in office again, regardless of how miserably he failed as president. Wake up, Dan. I believe you can be saved. Get the facts not the rumors.
Nick R. August 10, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Why is everyone under the mistaken impression that I support Romney, or Obama..? I hate them both, and neither one of them is getting my vote. If Ron Paul, is still on the Ballot when voting day comes around, I'm flipping the lever with his name on it. Obama and Romney both SUCK!
Nick R. August 10, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Dan, you have to read posts, before you reply to them. I said I didn't support Obama, so you ASSUMED, that I support Romney... I don't support either one of them, they are both slime. I SUPPORT RON PAUL. Then, after doing that to me, you did the same thing to Cheryl in the above statement. Read posts, before you reply to them. One more thing, I'm the one who commented on Reagan. Do yourself a favor and vote for Ron Paul if he's still on the Ballot on election day. It's time to restore America.
cheryl August 10, 2012 at 04:01 PM
yeap yeap.. your so right Marc, you said it. Its the parties that suck And listen to this new thing- Hamden is asking and posting signs on Shepard Ave to complete a survey- DON'T DO IT- its a way they will track your every move. Bad enough we are tracked by computers cell phone, but wait until Hamden makes it mandatory to install via UI smart meters- then they have the power to turn them off. This is all part of ICLEI- and traffic calming, sustainable development. Its all part of THE UNITED NATIONS AGENDA 21. DO NOT COMPLY....
cheryl August 10, 2012 at 04:05 PM
marc s ruby August 10, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Hers's a question for everyone-Why is DHS and the Military training for 'Civil Unrest' on America's streets,- to do battle with fellow Americans. ?? DHS just bought many new Armored personel carriers and have "bullet proof' checkpoint barries ready to be utilized. Just to name a few new items in their arsenal . What action or actions would trigger such an event ??? I'm sure sure of one thing-the U.N./Globalist/NWO people do not want a Armed United States Citizenry..!! They want a obedient subdued neutered America-todays China is a good template.......
Don Charles August 10, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Do you believe what Dan Garrett is posting!!! Wow this is hard to believe that anyone would be such a fool and a zombie to think about following this crap. Dan the reason you and all the others fools and Obama and his campaign people bring out all this junk on Romney is because they have nothing they can point to about any good this incompetent lying president has done. You want four more years well pray to God, if you believe in God, that he does not get 4 more. Poor Robert Kennedy will feel the brunt as he grows up just as the children in Europe are feeling it now. Just look at Obama's ideology and you will see the true man.
cheryl August 10, 2012 at 08:53 PM
yes they do....did you see the new gun out? http://www.theblaze.com/stories/blaze-exclusive-check-out-the-paratus-308-clandestine-breakdown-special-ops-rifle-available-to-civilians-too/ WE ARE BEING SURVAILED BY THE GOV MORE THAN YOU THINK- CHECK THIS OUT: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/wikileaks-americans-being-monitored-by-secret-surveillance-system-trapwire/
Nick R. August 10, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Very cool gun Cheryl. I want a pair. A his and hers, for my Fiance' and me.
cheryl August 10, 2012 at 10:52 PM
from what you just said looks like we're going to need them. What are they doing to America? Total Destruction of our lliberty and freedoms. Our founding father and all of our troops who have died for our liberty are absolutley turning in the graves. What a slap in the face to all our military personel. As Reagan said - once we lose freedom here there is no where to go, that's why its so important for these knuckleheads to stop BHO and also the republicans who want big government. As they are in both parties. Vote conservative....Never mind those parties. Go T. Cruz TX. good move Texans. We must hold their feet to the fire once they get elected. Our job is not done.
cheryl August 10, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Ct Citizens Defense League CCDL is a group that was founded onCT legislative activism and public enlightenment. And in the spirit of legislators that make a difference by protecting and helping further our 2nd amendment rights, CCDL has created an award to acknowledge it's first honoree: State Rep Rob Sampson (district 80) Thank You Rob! And Thanks goes out to all of the other tremendous legislators that helped this past session. Join us Tuesday, August 14th, at our regular meeting location, Middletown Elks Lodge, for this special presentation! Join Us For Our 4th Annual Family Picnic Sunday August 19th Boothe Memorial Park 5800 Main St (On Putney) Stratford, CT Site#2 11:00am-4:00pm This event is open to the public and is free of charge Everyone is encouraged to attend this event to celebrate their right to Keep and Bear Arms. Remember, Connecticut is a small state and come join us from wherever you are. We look forward to meeting new members and older ones alike! Burgers, Hotdogs, salads and desserts will be served. This will be an alcohol free event. Lawful carry of firearms is permitted. Raffle Prizes, Games and Family Fun will all be happening! Please RSVP to events@ccdl.us, or the event page on Facebook to let us know you are coming, and how many so we can provide adequate amount of food! Here is the Link to our flyer: http://ccdl.us/aboutus/events/218-4th-annual-family-picnic
Yooper August 11, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Please let us know the name of the well regulated militia that counts you as a member.
Yooper August 11, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Could it be your tinfoil hat short-circuited?
Yooper August 11, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Hey Dan. Just passing through and had a chance to read your little discussion with all the wing nuts. It was kinda cute...they all sound like their hair is on fire. Anyway, it reminded me of an old saying...Never try to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig. On the other hand, if you just like to see them run in circles squealing, carry on.
Don Charles August 11, 2012 at 01:36 PM
HaHaHa on the above comment what a phony lie this is.Yep Obama went in and shot Bin Laden the man is a fool and an incompetent lying president. He and his campaign have nothing to show so all they do is use negative ads and go after Romney. Slime I'll tell you who is slime all the people working for Obama that's the slime in our nation.
Marc Schwartz MD August 11, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Let's set aside gun control and look at gun safety. How would you feel safer: if you were planning to go to bar once a week and the bar regularly had 25 people in it? If no one brought a gun to the bar? If you brought a gun to the bar? If everyone brought a gun to the bar? It seems to me a lot people might feel safer if they were the only one who had one, but less and less safe the more people that brought them. Having a gun in the house does have some serious negative consequences. the number of gun owners (and gun owners' family members) who are accidentally killed by their own guns is higher than the number killed by intruders. That does not include much larger number killed by suicide during a depressive or alcoholic episode or during a inebriated marital spat. So putting the question of gun control aside, it seems to me that if more people knew that the much greater statistical risk of being killed or of killing an innocent person if there is a gun in the home far outweighs the safety it provides to the person who has the gun. If more people knew this, fewer people might want to keep a gun at home. Education may be a better approach than legal controls. However, funding for such education might have to come (from us) through the government, unless the NRA is ready to step up. Perhaps it could be funded by a tax on bullets since the revenue could be applied to paying for disability costs of gun injuries and death benefits the government is now paying.
cheryl August 11, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Before anyone is able to purchase a hand gun they MUST go to a NRA class read and pass the NRA guide to the basics of pistol shooting $19.95 incase anyone wants to purchase. In that book SAFETY is fundamental. Also, knowledge, skills, and attitude with knowledge of the gun safety rules, the skills to apply those rules, and a saftey first attitude that arises from a sense of responsibility and understanding of potential dangers. From your message- you have NO idea what you're talking about. You must pass the course and when you do, you will recieve a certificate from the NRA to be presented with your application for a permit. You will NOT receive a permit to carry without that certificate and you can't carry a hand gun without a permit. As I stated before a store won't take the gun from the case and let you hold it without a permit here in CT. Rifles long guns have different rules. But there are rules and laws that all licensed firearm stores apply. Background check are a MUST for all guns right now. Too bad your ignorant on the subject. But as I stated before ideology trumps rationality & facts. Funding doesn't come from the gov or NRA you pay. Seems to me you are implying that ALL people who have guns are irresponsible. Only the bad guys are and they don't get their weapons legally. But education as in your message is only good if people are willing to learn as in law abiding citizens who want to be a gun owner. Heck, you can't even get the bad guys to attend school.
Dan Garrett August 11, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Dr. Schwartz, thank you for being one of the very few reasonable posts on this Patch website.
marc s ruby August 11, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Dr. Schwartz- Incidently your parents had good taste in choosing your first name, but with all due respect I see a lot of 'IF's in your article , if this or if that , the if list could be endless. I think what might be very illuminating to you is to watch the 'Luby's Massacre'- You Tube. Took place in Killeen,Texas,Nov 4 1991. A madman drove his truck into the restaurant got out and just started shooting people,killed 23. Dr Suzzana Gratie Hupp was in that restaurant with her two Parents. Both her parents died in front her that day because the Gun Laws in Texas at that time prevented anyone from carrying a firearm into a restaurant,even with a 'Permit' which she had. So she had to leave her Firearm in her car. To see her 'Testimony' after the event is riviting. Her Video Testimony is a must see, may actually change your opinion on things.She said she had a clear shot at the Gunman but 'No Gun'. By the way Dr. Suzanna Gratie Hupp went on to become a State Representative and the Laws were changed in Texas solely because of the 'Luby's Masscre'. My thinking is everyone concerned about this subject should see her Video Testimony.. After seeing the Luby's Massacre on You Tube- I thought instantly of the Aurora shooting. Almost exact same circumstances. 'Gun Free Zones' in reality are 'Free Fire Zones /open season for 'Madmen'.
cheryl August 11, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Reasonable? that's questionable? vulnerable is more like it.


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