San Leandro Mayor Signs Letter Seeking Stronger Gun Control

Stephen Cassidy joins scores of mayors in asking Obama to revive a ban on assault weapons and take other steps to get deadly weapons off the streets.


San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy signed a letter to President Obama Wednesday as part of a group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, calling for tighter gun control laws and other steps -- notably appointing an official to fill a top enforcement post that has been vacant for six years..

"Gun violence and easy access by civilians to weapons designed for use by soldiers on the battlefield are pressing issues nationwide and in the East Bay," Cassidy wrote in an email explaining his support for legislation at the federal and state level to prohibit the sale of assault rifles.

The letter Cassidy signed noted that "the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), the federal agency responsible for enforcing our gun laws, has gone without a confirmed director for more than six years."

Cassidy's group sent out its note on the same day that the U.S. Conference of Mayors wrote to the President and Congress with a similar agenda that called for three specific actions:

  • Enact legislation to ban assault weapons and other high-capacity magazines being prepared by Senator Dianne Feinstein and others; 
  • Strengthen the national background check system and eliminate loopholes in it; and 
  • Strengthen the penalties for straw purchases of guns. 

"We know that preventing gun violence – whether it is a mass shooting in a school or a murder on a street corner – will take much more than strengthening our gun laws," the Conference of Mayors letter says. "We need to reverse the culture of violence in our nation so that a violent act isn’t the first response to settling a difference or compensating for a wrong."

But gun control laws shouldn't wait for other improvements to happen first, the letter says.

The two letters come less than a week after a . It goes on to say that Congress should increase funding for mental health care and establish a commission to look at violence in the country as a whole.

Download the letter Cassidy signed here [PDF].

Download the Conference letter here [PDF].

What do you think of the Mayor's position?

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Grandpa Dino February 18, 2013 at 01:16 AM
"There is just no reason civilians need to own assault weapons and high-capacity magazines." I do not share in your opinion. I grew up in San Leandro in the 50s and 60s and like many of my friends learned responsible firearms safety and marksmanship at the Davis Street range, via the Junior Optimist Club, and the Boy Scouts, via the US Army. To this day, I have just as much fun shooting a single-shot .22 rifle as I do an AR-15 with a high capacity magazine, a 9mm handgun at the local NRA range or a shotgun at the trap and skeet range. I have been a competition shooter for years and the opinion of those who does not like certain types of guns and gun accessories should not negate my right to lawfully obtain and use the firearms of my choice. I have been a resident of Virginia since the mid-70s. My state has an incidence of firearms-related crime much lower than that or Maryland (where firearms are highly restricted) and the District of Columbia (where only the criminals freely own firearms.) We also allow citizens to openly carry sidearms (I've seen it done very rarely) and apply for concealed-carry permits (issued by the court and subject to a background investigation). Banning certain types of firearms and magazines would undoubtedly do for Virginia what is already being done in Maryland, DC and San Leandro: allowing criminals to prey on unarmed or under-armed citizens. Dennis Egan Fairfax City, VA
David February 18, 2013 at 05:19 AM
Just for fun: http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/story/21202112/wild-shootout-at-inkster-tax-business-caught-on-camera Civilians don't need to own "assault rifles"? In the words of our President...if it saves just one life, it's worth it. We should *require* civilians to own assault rifles.
Fred Eiger February 18, 2013 at 06:01 AM
The Second Amendment was to keep the Republic free from a tyrannical government. For those of you who dismiss this fact you are probably the same backers of Janet Reno at Waco and Elian Gonzales' raid.
Fred Eiger February 18, 2013 at 06:13 AM
Ted Nugent owns Piers Morgan.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkjIMxf0VyU
Fred Eiger February 18, 2013 at 06:46 AM
What an intelligent hispanic sounds like... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wi6gZU01yF8


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