Thursday, March 7, 2013

38% and 49% lower

"As mayors, our highest responsibility is to enforce the law and to protect the people we serve. One of the most difficult challenges we face in meeting this responsibility is preventing criminals from illegally obtaining guns and using them. The issue of illegal guns is not conservative or liberal; it is an issue of law and order — and life and death. — Michael Bloomberg and Thomas Menino, Co-Chairs of Mayors Against Illegal Guns

BELOW IS a letter I received via email from those wild-eyed wackos, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and you know what a bunch of crazies they are!

Oh be serious. If you've been elected mayor of a town or city, odds are you're a reasonable, middle-of-the-roadish person. More than 800 of these un-radicals are members of this coalition.

The most important information in this letter is how much guns deaths fell in the 14 states that require background checks.

  • The rate of women murdered by an intimate partner with a gun is 38 percent lower
  • The firearm suicide rate is 49 percent lower


You can read the whole letter with sources below. 


FYI: I was curious as which states have the most and least mayors represented in the coalition.

Most members:
Pennsylvania — 219
New York — 133
Ohio — 90
New Jersey — 88


Fewest:
Alaska — 0
Montana — 0
Oklahoma — 0
South Dakota — 0
Wyoming — 0

The state I'm most disappointed in Oregon. It's normally such a progressive state, yet they only have two mayor members.

Click on the list of members to see who in your state is (or isn't) a member. I'd appreciate it, and so would the parents, spouses and children of our fellow citizens who have been killed by firearms, if you'd call, email or write to the mayor of your city or town and ask them to join the coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

Dear Kelly,



New polling data released today shows overwhelming support for gun reform. 88 percent of Iowa residents want every gun buyer to pass a criminal background check.



Unfortunately, in the vast majority of states, it's currently legal to buy a gun for cash with no background check and no questions asked. It’s time for Congress to recognize the will of the American people and fix our broken background check system.

Iowa's Senators need to hear from you.

Will you share this graphic on Facebook or forward this email to your friends and family to send a message to Congress?

Share this graphic on Facebook or forward this email to your friends and family to send a message to your members of Congress.




Background checks save lives. In the fourteen states that already require background checks for all handgun sales the following facts are true:

The rate of women murdered by an intimate partner with a gun is 38 percent lower.
The firearm suicide rate is 49 percent lower.
Gun trafficking is 48 percent lower.

Share this graphic -- and let Senator Chuck Grassley know that you stand with the majority of Iowans in demanding action to fix background checks.

Thanks,

Mark Glaze
Mayors Against Illegal Guns

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