US mayors run ad during Olympics coverage calling for tighter gun controls – – Good idea or Bad idea?
High-profile spot features survivors of Tucson shooting and compares US gun violence to 'three Aurora shootings every day'
A group of US mayors joined forces with survivors of the Tucson gun
rampage on Sunday to step up their campaign for tighter gun controls in
the wake of the recent mass killing in Aurora, Colorado.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the bipartisan coalition of more than 700 mayors including New York's Michael Bloomberg,
released a television advertisement during Olympics coverage and the
US's top politics shows calling for president Barack Obama and his rival
governor Mitt Romney to tackle gun violence.
The ad features survivors of the Tucson shooting in January 2011 that
claimed six lives and left another 13 injured, including US
representative Gabby Giffords.
"Because 48,000 Americans will be murdered with guns during the next
president's term. That's three Aurora shootings every day. We need less
silence. And more courage," the survivors say.
"The Tucson survivors have waited nearly 600 days for Washington to
take action to end gun violence – they are still waiting, and we are all
waiting," said Bloomberg, Mayors Against Illegal Guns' co-chair.
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