Should local governments promote gun control?
This week’s fatal shootings of 30 students at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University has reignited the debate on gun control. In a statement on the shootings, Trenton, N.J., Mayor and President of the Washington-based U.S. Conference of Mayors Douglas Palmer called for the federal government to work with mayors and police chiefs to tighten gun laws.
The group Mayors Against Illegal Guns, formed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has announced a new effort to pressure Congress into allowing cities to share gun-tracing information. However, some officials say it is unlikely that new laws will be passed on a federal level.
Do you think city and county governments should do more to control the sale of guns in their jurisdictions, and, if so, what should they do?
Please send your responses to Ed Brock at [email protected]. Include your name, title and the organization with which you work. American City & County will print some of the responses.