Mayor Urges Support of Assault Weapons Ban

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl issued a press release today outlining her support of a proposed assault weapons ban and calling for residents to join her.

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl issued a press release Thursday calling for residents to support a nationwide assault weapons ban. 

Tisdahl said she “wholeheartedly” supported the proposed Assault Weapons Ban of 2013, a bill that U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced in Congress Thursday. If passed, the bill would stop the sale, transfer, importation and manufacture of military-style assault weapons

“We have too many guns in our communities and we must work together to get them off the streets,” Tisdahl wrote in the press release. “As a mayor, I am bestowed with the duty to keep my community safe and these common sense solutions will help go a long way in fulfilling that solemn responsibility.”

In her press release, Tisdahl urged residents to join a social media campaign supporting the Assault Weapons Ban, organized by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Supporters are asked to tweet “I Stand with @usmayors and@SenFeinstein. Support the Ban on Assault Weapons Bill NOW! #MayorsStandWithFeinstein.”

Meanwhile, another national campaign has sprung up opposing the assault weapons ban. Patch blogger Eric Lieberman, who ran for state representative last fall, posted a link to a petition opposing the bill. The petition argues that Feinstein’s bill would violate second amendment rights to keep and bear arms.

“As we watch the continuing erosion of our ‘inalienable’ rights, I think it is important to stand firm on the fragments of rights we still have,” Lieberman wrote. “Right or wrong on the Feinstein bill, I think we still have the right for people to express a differing view. And so, in defense of the First Amendment, I am posting a link to [the] petition.”

Locally, there have been several deaths to gun violence in the past year, including the death of 14-year-old Dajae Coleman, who was shot near Evanston Township High School in a case of mistaken identity on Sept. 22, 2012.

Following Coleman’s death, city officials agreed to organize a gun buyback program, an idea spearheaded by fifth ward community leader Carolyn Murray. In a terrible irony, her own 19-year-old son, , bringing even greater urgency to the gun buyback program .

Officials netted 45 weapons during the event, which, by coincidence, took place one day after . Speaking to Patch during the gun buyback, Murray said she was pleased with the results but urged other community members to get involved.

“I would like people to get involved in their community, in their block,” she said. “If you weren’t active before, now is the time to start.”







june shellene January 25, 2013 at 04:03 PM
People in "authority" must appear to "do" something. Tisdahl can't attack the psychiatric/big pharma industry. If she's like Robin Gabel, she gets campaign money from them. She can't attack our cultural malaise which works its evil through soul crushing state schooling, economic erosion, Hollywood gone absolutely evil-mad, parenting gone missing because it takes too much energy to feed and house the kids while trying to shield them from the innocence-robbing media mania they're fed from birth...Nope....Tisdahl can't do anything to dismantle the corporatocracy that people still believe is a democracy...because she doesn't understand where we are. All she can do is "look busy." Gun buy backs? Really? More gun legislation? Good luck. Criminals get whatever they need to do whatever they want, just like the Government which gets your money to buy the weapons to massacre people all over the world. And if people refuse to research the Sandy Hook massacre, then we're all in a lot of trouble. This is not what it seems...not by a long shot.
june shellene January 25, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Jennifer, By the way, very brave of you to include Eric's quotes in your article. That's really very striking considering the environment you're operating in.
lucas January 25, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Before we create new laws. We should form a committee to review current laws and see what effect they are having or are they being used. Chicago Tribune one day last week had article about the Database used for doing background checks. Article said that states are not sending in information. WHY?????
John Brinkmann January 26, 2013 at 07:36 PM
great post June---political posturing here by our mayor of the worst kind
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