Today, just one moth after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, Angola Mayor Richard Hickman and public safety officials from the Fort Wayne Police Department and Fort Wayne Fire Department gathered today in Fort Wayne to call on President Obama and members of Congress to take immediate steps to end the gun violence epidemic that kills 33 Americans every day.
In an effort to keep their community safe, leaders at today’s event urged Washington to end gun violence in America by:
· Requiring criminal background checks for all gun sales
· Banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines
· Enhance gun trafficking to a federal crime
Local officials also noted that since the Newtown shooting, Mayors Against Illegal Guns has added more than 100 mayors to its national bipartisan coalition to end gun violence and grown to more than one million supporters.
In addition, a new national television ad will begin airing in the Fort Wayne market detailing the importance of reducing gun violence. The ad is available at www.DemandAPlan.org.