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Mayor Menino Hosts MA Delegation of Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG)

Massachusetts Delegation of MAIG Meets

Demand a Plan Mayor Thomas M. Menino hosted the Massachusetts delegation of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) coalition on January 31, 2013, as they continued their call on Congress to take action on gun violence.

Twenty-six Massachusetts mayors are members of MAIG. Mayors in attendance at the event included:
  • Mayor Joseph C. Sullivan of Braintree, President, Mass Mayors Association,
  • Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone of Somerville, Chair, Metro Mayors Coalition,
  • Mayor William F. Scanlon of Beverly,
  • Mayor Carlo DeMaria Jr. of Everett,
  • Mayor Lisa Wong of Fitchburg,
  • Mayor Patrick Ó. Murphy of Lowell,
  • Mayor Gary Christenson of Malden,
  • Mayor Michael J. McGlynn of Medford,
  • Mayor Robert J. Dolan of Melrose,
  • Mayor Jonathan Mitchell of New Bedford,
  • Mayor Setti Warren of Newton,
  • Mayor Thomas Koch of Quincy,
  • Mayor Daniel Rizzo of Revere,
  • Mayor Kimberley Driscoll of Salem,
  • Mayor Scott D. Galvin of Woburn.

"As Mayors, we have a responsibility to our residents to do all we can to make our neighborhoods safer. Today, we’re calling on every community in Massachusetts to stand with us. We must keep the pressure on Congress to take swift action.”
Mayor Menino also praised the entire Massachusetts federal delegation for signing onto HR 137, the Fix Gun Checks Act.

Menino Continues Efforts Against Illegal Guns
  • In his State of the City address Tuesday, Mayor Menino vowed to continue his work with the coalition of nearly 1,000 mayors and more than one million Americans. 
  • On January 31, 2013, Mayor Menino called for Massachusetts’ interim Senate appointment to join the state’s delegation in fighting for gun reform.
  • “Earlier this week, I asked the City of Boston to stand with us on guns and say enough is enough,” Mayor Menino said.

Attendees Offer Praise

Braintree Mayor Joseph C. Sullivan, also President of Mass Mayors Association, lauded Mayor Menino. “I applaud Mayor Menino and his leadership on this most important issue facing our communities,” said , and . “This issue – gun violence – is not an urban problem, a suburban problem, or a rural problem, it is an American Problem. I trust that with good faith we can move beyond hot rhetoric and finger pointing and search for honest answers and decisive action to stop these needless and senseless acts of violence – so that all communities can be safer.”

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone of Somerville who is also Chair of the Metro Mayors Coalition talked about the growing impact of so many senseless killings.  “In the wake of the horrific killings in Newtown, Aurora and Tucson, and in the shadow of the senseless street shootings that afflict cities across the nation, we can no longer ignore the need for significant reform, and immediate action,” said . “I am encouraged by the growing willingness of our nation's leaders to take up this vital public safety issue, and I will continue to work with my colleagues through MAIG to advocate for reform of our national firearms policies.”

Recent MAIG Coalition Actions

  • On January 30, 2013, MAIG sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee which reiterated the coalition’s support for its three, concrete proposals: requiring every gun buyer to pass a background check; getting military-style weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines off our streets; and making gun trafficking a federal crime. The letter came in advance of a hearing held by the committee entitled, “What Should America Do About Gun Violence?”

Mayors Against Illegal Guns http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org


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Posted: January 31, 2013     Nancy J Conrad

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