Mayors call for “common sense” steps against guns and crime
The Washington-based U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President and Trenton, N.J., Mayor Douglas Palmer appeared before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee to call for a “common sense approach” to the issue of gun crime. “Rampant gun violence is more than a national tragedy,” Palmer said in his testimony. “It is a disgrace.”
Palmer testified to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security in response to the April 16 shooting rampage at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University that killed 32 people. He reiterated the USCM’s call for more federal/local partnerships on crime, and for the renewal of funding for the Community Oriented Policing Services program. “We simply have to act now, and the nation’s mayors are ready, willing and able to stand with this subcommittee and everyone in Congress who wants to help in moving forward a positive law enforcement and prevention agenda,” Palmer said.
Palmer’s full testimony is available at www.usmayors.org.