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Plusquellic among mayors urging federal officials to adopt gun control

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: December 18, 2012

Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic is among eight mayors from across the country who sent a letter to federal leaders this week, calling on them to pass gun control and take other steps to prevent a repeat of the bloodshed in Connecticut.

"Too many times this year, mayors have expressed shock at a mass shooting," the mayors said in the letter to President Barack Obama and Congressional members. "Even more frequently, many of us must cope with the gun violence that occurs on the streets of our streets."

The mayors, all who, like Plusquellic, are current or past leaders of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, urged federal leaders to adopt legislation banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, strengthen the national background check system and toughen the penalties for straw purchases of weapons, which involve a person buying a weapon for someone else.

The mayors also said they support "establishing a bi-partisan comission that looks at the broader issues of violence in our country" and strengthening and providing better funding to the mental health system to better identify troubled individuals and get them the help they need.

"We believe that with this latest national tragedy and the high incidence of gun violence that continues to plague our streets, we have reached a tipping point," the mayors said. "The nations mayors pledge to work with you to build a safer America for our children and all our citizens."

Besides Plusquellic, the mayors who signed the letter were from Philadelphia, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Sacramento, Charleston and Boston.

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