EVERETT – In light of the recent tragedy that occurred in Newtown, CT, Mayor Carlo DeMaria Jr., along with numerous other municipal leaders, recently joined the bipartisan coalition, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a national alliance of mayors committed to fighting gun crime and giving law enforcement agencies the tools they need to keep firearms out of criminal hands.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns was originally formed in April 2006 when New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino hosted a summit in New York to discuss strategies to stop the flow of illegal guns into America’s cities and towns. Today, the coalition’s bipartisan ranks have grown to more than 750 mayors, including 22 from around the Commonwealth.
Every year, 30,000 Americans across the country are killed as a result of gun violence. In response to these staggering numbers, the Mayors Against Illegal Guns advocates for laws and policies that will help prevent gun crime and trafficking, while still protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. Members include Democrats, Republicans, and Independents – united together, speaking with one voice. The ultimate goal of the coalition is to appeal to the Nation’s leaders in Congress and the Senate to take action and address the current legislation pertaining to gun laws.
“I felt it was extremely important for me to join the this coalition,” states Mayor DeMaria, “As Mayor, it is my duty to do everything I possibly can to protect the residents of our community. And as a father, I will always remain steadfast in keeping our children safe, happy, and healthy.”