TROY, NY – In the wake of two mass shooting events in Buffalo, New York where 10 Black New Yorkers lost their lives, and Uvalde, Texas in which 19 children and 2 adults were killed, Mayor Patrick Madden today called on the United States Congress to pass federal legislation aimed at instituting common-sense gun reforms, including a requirement for background checks for all gun sales, waiting periods for gun purchases, and limit the ability of individuals to purchase assault rifles and other weapons of war.
On Wednesday, Mayor Madden issued a resolution that calls on Congress to approve reasonable measures that implement a federal background check for purchases of firearms and reduce access to guns. The mayor announced a Special Meeting of the City Council for Thursday, May 26th at 7:00 p.m., to pass the resolution and transmit to legislative leaders in Washington.
Mayor Madden said, “Like many Americans, I watched in horror and anger as yet another mass shooting event unfolded in Texas on Tuesday. This individual was armed with an assault weapon, one designed for military use but is now readily available for purchase by the public in many states across the country. The time for thoughts and prayers have passed – we need common-sense gun reform that will reduce the chances another horrific incident will happen again. New York is fortunate to have Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Senator Gillibrand fighting for these reasonable laws in Washington D.C. However, we need more Republican Senators to step forward and support federal legislation that will literally help save the lives of countless Americans.”
A copy of the resolution and the mayor’s message to the City Council is available here.
John Salka, Communications Director
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