Bay Area mayors call for Senate action on gun safety laws

Menlo Park Mayor Ray Mueller among signees

More than 20 Bay Area mayors, including four on the Midpeninsula, are among 249 across the country who have signed a letter addressed to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, calling for action on gun violence legislation in the wake of recent mass shootings.

The letter dated Aug. 8 by the U.S. Conference of Mayors urges the Senate leaders to "immediately call the Senate back to Washington to take action on bipartisan gun safety legislation."

The letter notes that there have been over 250 mass shootings throughout the country so far this year, including three recent ones in Gilroy; El Paso, Texas; and Dayton, Ohio. It asks the Senate to take action on two bills passed in February by the U.S. House of Representatives to strengthen background checks for gun purchases.

The following Bay Area mayors signed the letter: Ray Mueller, Menlo Park; Marilyn Ezzy, Alameda; Rochelle Nason, Albany; Jesse Arreguin, Berkeley; David Gregory, Dublin; Lisa Yarborough-Gauthier, East Palo Alto; Sam Hindi, Foster City; Lily Mei, Fremont; Barbara Halliday, Hayward; John P. Marchland, Livermore; Lisa Matichak, Mountain View; Jill Techel, Napa; Libby Schaaf, Oakland; Eric Filseth, Palo Alto; Teresa Barrett, Petaluma; Thomas K. Butt, Richmond; London Breed, San Francisco; Sam Liccardo, San Jose; Pauline Russo Cutter, San Leandro; Michael D. Tubbs, Stockton; Carol Dutra-Vernaci, Union City; John F. Dunbar, Yountville.

"Five of the 10 worst mass shootings in U.S. history have occurred since 2016," Mueller said in a statement released Sunday, Aug. 11. "This violence is a threat to the safety of our children, and the well-being of our communities. The Senate must act now to pass the sensible bipartisan legislation already sitting on its table; no more time must be wasted."

Read the joint letter here.

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2 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Woodside: Mountain Home Road
on Aug 13, 2019 at 1:45 pm

You won’t see WOODSIDE sign on to that. Too many good ol’ boys out here.

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Posted by Great Britain
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Hills
on Aug 13, 2019 at 2:19 pm

The good ol’ boys that I know out here are very much in favor of common sense, bipartisan gun safety legislation.

Are you talking about good 'ol boys, or are you talking about gun nuts?

8 people like this
Posted by Actually...
a resident of Woodside: other
on Aug 13, 2019 at 6:25 pm

Resident: In 2018 Woodside helped fund a gun buy-back program at a level higher than all of the surrounding neighborhoods.

Web Link

Sounds like you might be firing blanks...

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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 14, 2019 at 3:45 am

Assault rifles have no place in public hands. As all regulations, a workable model needs to be passed by Congress. REAL BACKGROUND CHECKS....AVAILABILITY TO MEDICAL RECORDS! To some , privacy is more important than human lives...! Yep, that group that wants to put all their energy in entertainment, than legislation. Wish they would get to work, go back to work!!! People are dying out there.... Congress, is your goal to save lives. Re election, how about term limits!

Scary: Congress has a lower approval rating than Trump! Vote all these do nothings out!

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Posted by Great Britain
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Hills
on Aug 14, 2019 at 9:07 am

> Congress has a lower approval rating than Trump!


Name a congress rep who has a lower approval rating than Drumpf, in his/her district.
Sure, nationally, Moscow Mitch has a feeble rating, but it's his polls in KY that should concern him.

1 person likes this
Posted by Echo
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 14, 2019 at 5:39 pm

Quite the echo chamber in here.

5 people like this
Posted by Not a gun nut
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Aug 15, 2019 at 12:58 pm

Every one of the past three so-called "mass shooting" perpetrators legally bought their weapons after undergoing a background check. Did the background checks miss something? Did they help stop the shootings? No. Not sure where that particular piece of legislation is going to help.

It also turns out that more people were killed last year in the US by a "blunt object" than by all types of rifles. Should these "blunt objects" be outlawed? Let's think before over-reacting to meaningless gestures.

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Posted by Great Britain
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Hills
on Aug 15, 2019 at 4:04 pm

Source of your data? How many suicides by "blunt object" last year? Really cute the way you mimicked the heritage piece against reasonable gun safety legislation.

Guns killed 39,773 Americans in 2017.

Stick with the tried-and-true deflection the rest of the gun nuts use: cars, knives, etc..

Doesn't fool anyone but themselves, but at least they don't look as foolish as defending guns with a blunt object comparison.

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Posted by numbers
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 15, 2019 at 4:34 pm

a bit misleading @gunnut

First the letter the Mayor signed relates to background checks on all firearms, not just rifles.
In 2017 there over 10,982 murders by firearm, more than 23.5 times more than by blunt object.

Second, there were over 3280 murders committed with a firearm type unclassified in 2017.

but thanks for the stats!

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Posted by Remove military style weapons
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 16, 2019 at 2:24 pm

Assault style rifles have no place in public hands.

Apples and oranges, jack.

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