The coalition is looking for what they call a common sense agenda, making it harder for dangerous people to get a hold of guns, and easier for police and prosecutors to stop them. Since President Obama has already rolled out his proposals, Springfield Mayor Sarno is ready to see some real change. “We’ve had more shootings that have occurred recently. And it seems like every other week something occurring. So we’re going to have to take a strong stand,” he said.
Sarno, along with several hundred other Mayors Against Illegal Guns is calling on congress to enact 3 main pieces of legislation. They want to require every gun buyer to pass a criminal background check, including those buying at gun shows, and to get military- style assault weapons and high capacity magazines off the streets “You don’t need to have a military assault rifle, 60-100 shots a second, something along those lines, but to the officials that need to have them, that’s fine,” Mayor Sarno stated.
They also want to make gun trafficking a federal crime. “As we’re doing it locally, working with commissioner William Fitchett, D.A. Mark Mastroiani, Assistant Attorney General Paul Smith, anytime we can bump or kick any cases up to the federal level, those are really strong sentences that send a tremendous message,” he said.
Mayor Sarno says he knows the legislation isn’t the only thing we can do to prevent tragedies like Sandy Hook, but it can make a dent.
President Obama is expected to elaborate on his proposals tomorrow. He plans to meet with local law enforcement and community members in Minneapolis.