Tonight, Irvine Unified is hosting a town hall meeting on school safety in which Irvine Mayor Steven Choi will make some opening remarks. In the Q&A with the public that will likely follow the formal program, residents need to ask our new Mayor why he hasn’t yet joined the non-partisan group “Mayors Against Illegal Guns.” In public comments last night, Choi was urged by city residents to join this organization.
Irvine lawyer Melissa Fox spoke in public comments to urge the Council to go on record supporting the renewal of the federal ban on assault weapons, and urging Mayor Steven Choi to follow past Mayors Beth Krom and Sukhee Kang and join Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a nonpartisan coalition of more than 700 American mayors working to to fight illegal gun trafficking and gun violence in the United States. Fox encouraged others to contact Mayor Choi and other Council Members to encourage them to support a renewal of the federal ban on assault weapons, and for the Mayor to join Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
Choi responded that he’d consider it.
Our conservative Republican friends seem to be very pro-2nd amendment, but the key word in this organization is the word “illegal.” Why Choi has to ponder joining a group that already has more than 700 mayors of both parties to find ways to stop the use of illegal firearms is puzzling. If the group was “Mayors Against Illegal Drugs” or “Mayors Against Illegal Immigrants,” how much time would Choi need to consider joining either of those outfits?
Tonight, Irvine residents need to question the city’s new mayor why he needs to ponder joining a group when membership should be a no-brainer.
And it’s not just Choi. Right now the only Mayor in Orange County who is a member of this organization is Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido. So clearly, all Orange County mayors should be questioned about their lack of membership in this organization. Does it mean they are pro-Illegal guns?
Here’s a recent announcement from the organization:
December 17, 2012 – Mayors Against Illegal Guns Co-Chair and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was joined today by survivors and family members of victims of gun violence to release personal videos demanding that elected officials in Washington D.C. take immediate action to reduce gun violence in America. The videos can be viewed at www.DemandAPlan.org
The videos tell the stories of 34 Americans whose lives have been forever changed – whether in mass shootings in Aurora, Oak Creek, Tucson and Virginia Tech or in the daily gun violence that kills 34 Americans every day. The diverse voices hail from urban and suburban areas across the country, young and old, of different races and religious backgrounds. Every story is different, but all survivors are united in their belief that something must be done to prevent more tragedies like the one in Newtown, Connecticut and like the tragedy they personally experienced.
“What happened in Newtown was an unspeakable crime – a mass murder in which six- and seven-year-old children were gunned down in their classrooms, along with their elementary school teachers and administrators,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “Gun violence is a national epidemic – and a national tragedy – that demands more than words. It demands immediate national action, from the President and from Congress. It needs to be at the top of their agenda.”