In a string of mass shootings from Tucson, Aurora, the Wisconsin Sikh temple to now Sandy Hook elementary school, there is a strong call to action from the president. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg painted a picture of what could happen is nothing is done, “if he does nothing during his second term, something like 48,000 Americans will be killed with illegal guns. That is roughly the number of Americans killed in the whole Vietnam war.”
Mark Glaze, the director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, laid out his organization’s top three targets for tackling gun violence. He said that background checks need to become necessary to anyone trying to own a gun, assault weapons with high capacity magazines need to be regulated better and a federal trafficking statute needs to be imposed with penalties for buying guns for those that are unable to get their own.
Glaze has faith in the American people’s want to end these types of tragedies from happening. He says, “With the escalating and rapidly quickening series of mass shootings, I think the country has reached a point where it recognizes the scope of the problem and is ready, not just to move against the kind of problems that cause mass shootings like this that dominate the headlines, but to deal with the kinds of problems, once the cameras leave, that murder 34 people every day.”