by Chet Hardin
According to the Denver Post, Manitou Springs Mayor Marc Snyder has joined 12 other Colorado mayors as a signatory to a letter authored by Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
The letter, addressed to President Barack Obama, reads in part:
On Friday, December 14th the entire nation watched as parents stood outside the Sandy Hook Elementary School and waited, desperately hoping to be reunited with their children. That moment will never end for the families of the 20 children and six adults who were murdered that day at the school.
As mayors, we are charged with keeping our communities safe. But too many of us have sat with mothers and fathers of children killed with guns. Twenty-four children enrolled in public schools in your hometown of Chicago were shot to death just last year.
At the moving memorial service on Sunday evening, you said: “If there is even one step we can take to save another child or another parent or another town from the grief that has visited Tucson and Aurora and Oak Creek and Newtown and communities from Columbine to Blacksburg before that — then surely we have an obligation to try.”
Our bipartisan coalition of more than 750 mayors has joined forces with over 700,000 Americans and more than 100 survivors of deadly shootings, including the mass shootings you mentioned in your remarks. Together, we urge you to put forward an agenda that is rooted in common sense and that will make it harder for dangerous people to possess guns, and easier for police and prosecutors to crack down on them.
Follow this link to read their proposed gun-control measures.
That the Manitou mayor signed onto this letter should come as no surprise; Snyder was one of the signatories to a letter back in August that sought the plans for gun reform from the presidential candidates.