Mayor Bloomberg calls for immediate action on gun control

Posted at 8:14 AM, Dec 17, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-17 08:36:05-05

In the wake of the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is pressing for immediate action on gun control, and the importance of his Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition.

The coalition has been lobbying for: Renewal of the assault weapon ban that expired in 2004, required background checks for every gun sold, stronger enforcement of straw sales, where someone buys a gun for someone not eligible to own one, and a requirement that states enter criminal and mental health records into the federal background check system.

On Monday, Mayor Bloomberg will release video statements from 34 Americans affected by gun violence, which includes relatives of victims of shootings in Tucson, Aurora, Oak Creek, and Virginia Tech. According to the coalition, every day 34 Americans are killed from gun violence.