Mayors for gun safety

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The unfettered sale of guns and the existence in civilian life of automatic weapons is a scourge on the urban city and suburban communities of America, including our very own Oak Park and River Forest.

So it is gratifying to see the leaders of these villages — Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb and President Cathy Adduci — sign on to a letter calling for rational gun safety measures promulgated by the United States Conference of Mayors. As of Monday, the total number of mayors calling on the U.S. Senate to finally take action had risen to roughly 250.

We urge you to read Abu-Taleb's personal take on gun safety in his One View, page 18 today.

The Conference of Mayors letter actually demands just the passage of the overwhelmingly popular House bill calling for widened and more thorough background checks. It closes some loopholes in existing laws to prevent dangerous individuals from buying a gun and limits unlicensed transfers of firearms through unregulated secondary sales. 

This is gun safety-lite from our viewpoint. But it would represent forward movement and, on some level, acknowledge that the mass shootings that bedevil our nation and the incessant murder on city streets has not fully numbed us to what is a moral crisis. 

Every mayor in a town with a stoplight ought to have signed this mild demand. We're grateful that the leaders of these two villages, our hometowns, have stepped up.

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