WASHINGTON, DC - The National League of Cities (NLC) President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor of Avondale, AZ, released the following statement in response to President Obama's proposed plans for reducing gun violence:
"While we focus on the devastating tragedies like Aurora, Tucson and Newtown, we must also recognize and respond to the gun violence that is an all too common occurrence in our nation's cities and towns. Families across this nation are haunted by the memories of loved ones lost and the nation needs to act to stop this preventable epidemic.
"The actions and ideas shared by President Obama today speak to the comprehensive effort necessary to reduce gun violence across our country. Further, we believe the President is correct in not waiting for Congress to act by using his powers of Executive Order to begin safeguarding the lives of our citizens immediately.
"NLC has long supported comprehensive efforts to prevent gun violence. While we respect the Second Amendment rights of every American, we also know that with rights come responsibilities. NLC believes that reducing gun violence must go beyond just reducing the number of guns and must also include access to mental health care services.
"We echo the Administration's call for legislation reinstating the ban on assault weapons, requiring universal background checks on gun purchases and a new federal gun trafficking law.
"Additionally, we support the following provisions as part of a comprehensive proposal to reduce gun violence:
"The consequences loom large with innocent lives and the public safety of our communities at stake. It is imperative that lawmakers across the country push for these laws and regulations in order to provide the utmost safety to our citizens."
The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.