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How Can We Each Fight Gun Violence?

Some politicians have shared their ideas of how to curb gun violence. Now we invite you to jump into the discussion and share your thoughts in the comment section.

As Vice President Joe Biden prepares to meet with the National Rifle Association and other gun-ownership groups for talks at the White House Thursday, many politicians have voiced what they think should be done to curb gun violence. 

Among those politicians are several North Shore village mayors and presidents who recently joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to call for stronger gun regulation as part of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a coalition aimed at cracking down on illegal guns. The coalition recently aired a commercial featuring Roxanna Green, the mother of one of those killed in the 2011 Tucson shootings, urging people to sign a petition on www.DemandAPlan.org

Below is a look at how other state and local leaders are taking action in the national gun debate. But we wanted to broaden the conversation. Nearly a month after the horrific Newtown shootings, many people, regardless of their politics, are trying to figure out what they can each do to prevent similar tragedies in the future.

We'd like you to join our discussion and tell us what do you think we, as individuals, can do to help curb gun violence?

We are not so interested in a discussion of the merits of the Second Amendment, but more what we as non-politicians and as a community should do to control gun violence.

Here are some ideas from The Atlantic Wire to get the discussion started:

  • Closing loopholes that allow people to buy guns at gun shows without a background check
  • Creating a national database of people who are banned from purchasing firearms, such as convicted felons and the mentally ill
  • National registration of every handgun and/or a database to track all weapon sales

Politicians Share Ideas to Control Gun Violence 

Arizona

In an USA Today op-ed piece, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly, a former astronaut, discussed a campaign the couple is launching with the aim of curbing gun violence. Americans for Responsible Solutions aims to raise funds to “balance the influence of the gun lobby,” and start conversations about gun violence prevention. “Achieving reforms to reduce gun violence and prevent mass shootings will mean matching gun lobbyists in their reach and resources,” Giffords and Kelly wrote in the USA Today article. The couple launched the campaign Tuesday on the two-year anniversary of the Tucson shooting that killed six people and left Giffords injured. 

Connecticut

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal announced plans to introduce federal legislation requiring instant background checks for purchasers of ammunition Tuesday. "Right now, ammunition is the black hole in gun violence prevention because anybody can go into a store and buy any amount of ammunition with no questions asked and that person may be a felon, a fugitive, or mentally ill or a domestic violence abuser," Blumenthal, was quoted saying on NewYork.CBSLocal.com.

Illinois

Attorney General Lisa Madigan asked a federal appeals court Tuesday to review a lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on concealed carry in an effort to salvage the only law in the nation that makes the practice illegal, Huffington Post reported.

New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to propose one of the country’s most restrictive bans on assault weapons, The Wall Street Journal reported. Describing existing laws in New York as having “more holes than Swiss cheese,” Cuomo is pushing for New York to become the first state to enact major new gun laws in the wake of the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., The New York Times reported.

For a detailed look at how some state and local leaders are taking action in the national gun debate, read Tucson Shooting Anniversary Honored As Gun Debate Swells on Huffingtonpost.com.

RonnieTheLimoDriver January 12, 2013 at 02:12 PM
I was not around, but don't forget, even HP Highschool used to have a Rifle Range. The only school shooting back then were on targets.
Old HP, It's funny what you say about Walters field and running trap lines. We used to do the same even until I was in highschool in the late 80's. Those woods and that drainage ditch were our stomping grounds. In fact, we would get off of school and go bow fishing for carp until dark almost everyday to improve our archery. Weapons were just a part of our lives. Then again, they weren't hidden from us and for some reason, we didnt have the urge to point them at each other, or anyone else. Oh, I know why, cause that's how we were brought up, and the only video games we had was asteroids and pac man.
Jack Straw January 12, 2013 at 08:02 PM
The old timers were all about gun safety and respect, for the first 2 years of hunting they would have me carry my old Stevens bolt action 410 unloaded. My grandfather said he wanted me to learn proper ways to handle a gun. But to this day I think they just wanted me to flush birds on their left flank.
Dan Cox January 24, 2013 at 09:30 PM
"Gun Violence" You simply cannot fight, what is not real. Gun Violence is no more real, than "Blunt Object Violence". This phrase, is the creation of UIC Professors, who have been working with Anti-Gun Politicians in Chicago, for over 50 years to create a negative image through propaganda style media coverage. Think about it... There was a "SHOOTING, by a "SHOOTER and somebody was "SHOT" by a "GUNMAN". Fifty years ago, the headline would have said... Man killed by Robber! Then you would have been told that John Doe was killed by man police arrested named joe yokel. Today, it is about putting negativity in your mind about guns, its just a big mindgame. I.E. I am an active shooter, I shoot my semi automatic handgun over 500 times, using high capacity magazines, that hold over 30 rounds. I do it legally at the Bristol Shooting Range in Wisconsin and nobody or anything gets hurt. Now an active shooter that is shooting 500 rounds on T.V. News is really a "KILLER". Do you see how they take one thing and make it into another? Let me ask you, how is that Cease-Fire Group doing in Chicago? We paid the UIC, 1 Million Dollars, to get the highesty Murder Rate in 5 years. 25% Solved Murder Rate is the worst in over 20 years... something is not working!
Dan Cox January 24, 2013 at 11:57 PM
GANG VIOLENCE, REPEAT OFFENDER VIOLENCE, this is what Aurora, Illinois Police focused on in 2012. Aurora, Illinois the second largest city in Illinois, had ZERO MURDERS in 2012. By comparrisson, Chicago, Illinois has focused on Gun-Control and had 506 Murders in 2012. Hmmm... Do you see, what works?

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