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.