Mayor Menino on Gun Control: Now Is Time to Turn Words Into Action

(NECN: Alysha Palumbo - Boston) - The city of Boston has seen its share of gun violence over the past few years, from the Mattapan massacre in 2010, to the shooting of a 13-year-old boy walking to church last week.

Mayor Tom Menino was co-founder of the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and now he and that group of 800 mayors is standing behind the President’s gun law proposals.

“Now is the time to turn words into action, now is the time to mobilize, one million people who signed our Demand A Plan petition for the sake of the 33 lives lost every day to gun violence.”

Mayor Menino and Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis echoed President Obama’s call for the American people to speak up against the gun lobbyists.

“We have to continue to be aggressive and make our case, we will hold all members of Congress accountable, no matter what party they belong to, and we will not allow one organization to hijack our government.”

“It is unconscionable that we stand by and allow people to frighten us into inaction and hide behind the Constitution,” said Commissioner Davis.

The commissioner said he supports the President’s 23 executive orders signed today, including one that would provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.

“Well it’s expensive, but I think the concept of school resource officers is a valid concept and I support that but really they’re there to develop relationships with the young people who are in the schools, that bodes very well for us for the future.”

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