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Finizio Among Signatories On Letter To Obama Demanding Increased Effort Against Gun Violence

New London mayor part of Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition, which is asking that changes in gun control occur in the wake of the Newtown shooting

Mayor Daryl Finizio is among hundreds of signatories on a letter to President Barack Obama demanding improved gun control after a shooter killed 26 people at a Newtown elementary school.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns - a coalition of over 750 mayors across the country seeking innovative ways to crack down on the use, sale, and trafficking of illegal guns - issued the letter on Wednesday. Finizio joined the group 10 days after he was sworn into office last year and is one of 10 Connecticut mayors in the organization. Two mayors not currently included in the organization's list of members - Adam Salina of Berlin and Ryan Bingham of Torrington - also signed the letter.

The letter asks Obama to "put forward an agenda that is rooted in common sense and that will make it harder for dangerous people to possess guns, and easier for police and prosecutors to crack down on them." It was also sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

"In the past few days, the American people came together in a national outpouring of grief and sympathy for the families of victims slain in the mass shooting in Newtown. We share in that grief," the letter reads. "But our constituents are also outraged and looking for leadership from the White House. We look forward to working with you to find a solution to gun violence in our country."

The suggestions put forth by Mayors Against Illegal Guns that would necessitate action by Congress include requiring every gun buyer to pass a criminal background check, drafting a new assault weapons ban to replace a similar ban that expired in 2004, and making gun trafficking a federal crime. The coalition also suggested actions that can be directly taken by the Obama Administration including appointing a director to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; stronger prosecution against felons and other prohibited purchasers who attempt to buy firearms; requiring federal agencies to submit mental health records and other information that would prohibit a person from owning a gun to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System; and repealing restrictions on access to federal gun data.

Obama announced on Wednesday that Vice President Joe Biden will lead a task force on gun control issues and that proposals will be submitted to Congress no later than January. The president also spoke in favor of reinstating a federal ban on assault weapons and closing loopholes that allow buyers to avoid background checks.

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Carol D. Fox December 22, 2012 at 12:22 AM
@Sue: Federal Assault Weapons Ban was in in place from 1994 to 2004. From what Ive been reading, the Bushmaster used in this horrible tragedy is not on the list of guns banned in Connecticut. See Sec. 53-202a. Assault weapons: Definition of the Connecticut General Statutes. You can google it. There is a Bushmaster listed but I don't think it is the same one.
Sue P. December 22, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Carol the bushmaster was modified to comply with Ct. state law. It is not an automatic weapon. You must pull the trigger every time to shoot it, which with an automatic weapon you just hold the trigger down. With the bushmaster you can send off about 45 rounds in one minute. With a automatic weapon it's more like 100 every ten seconds or something like that. I personally think instead of making the guns safer we should try helping people to get more saner. (If that's a word) I just don't ever want to see the bad guys armed and the good guys not. Extensive back ground checks and also on the households that a gun owner lives in. No weapons or ammo should be allowed to be sold on line. If we must protect our children with armed guards then that's just what we have to do in this crazed world we live in.
Clark van der Lyke December 22, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Armored car guards carry guns to protect their bags of cash, most banks employ bank guards scare away potential robbers. To get into my doctor's office I have to stop at an outer desk, give my name and show a photo ID. Then I am buzzed into waiting room where I wait until another door is unlocked and I am called in. The school had a glass door. It was locked, but just glass. The mom legally bought the guns and was killed, so gun control was not the answer there. Most ironic is that police headquarters usually have entry security doors and... they all have guns too! They know that unless you have security measures no place is safe from a mentally disturbed person intent in causing harm.
John Yannacci, Sr. December 22, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Sue P., The anti gun people simply don't want to address that question. I've asked, over and over, who is going take the guns from the Latin Kings, Los Solidos, the Aryan Brotherhood, the Bloods, the Crips, etc., etc., etc. The police aren't going to do it. Without probable cause and warrants, they can't take those guns. The enclaves of crime where the gangs make the rules will be safe. There are areas in East Los Angeles, Chicago (Obama's home town), Detroit and quite probably many other cities that the police won't go near. These will be the people who will be allowed to exercise their second amendment rights.
BTD CEO January 04, 2013 at 11:59 AM
More people will be hurt falling on the icy sidewalks in New London than will be shot. I guess New London's mayor is to busy promoting the one world govt Bloomberg is trying to finance than to care about his real Duties.

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