Mayor Carlo DeMaria Jr., along with Mayor Thomas Menino and fourteen other Massachusetts municipal leaders, all members of the bipartisan coalition, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a national alliance of mayors committed to fighting gun crime, have released a video public service announcement encouraging citizens to demand Congress to take immediate action to prevent gun violence.
Since its inception in April 2006, Mayors Against Illegal Guns has grown from fifteen mayors to more than 900 mayors from across the country. They have more than one million grassroots supporters, making it the largest gun violence prevention advocacy organization in the country.
“Since that horrific day that took place in Newtown, CT it has been our goal as Mayors of the coalition to prevent any more gun violence or tragedies in our Cities,” states Mayor DeMaria, “I hope this PSA encourages people and Congress to become more aware and concerned about the misfortunes guns are causing in our communities.”
The bipartisan coalition, co-chaired by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, has united the nation’s mayors around these common goals: protecting their communities by holding gun offenders and irresponsible gun dealers accountable; demanding access to trace data that is critical to law enforcement efforts to combat illegal gun trafficking; and working with legislators to fix gaps, weaknesses and loopholes in the law that make it far too easy for criminals and other prohibited purchasers to get guns.
Local access channels across the state have been provided with the PSA, as well as Comcast, Charter, RCN cable companies and local broadcast media. The PSA can seen in Everett on ECTV Channel 22 and can also be viewed online at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8x2TuJ1lD8.