The Darien Democratic Town Committee (DTC) unanimously approved a resolution urging elected officials at all levels to take action to reduce gun violence. The resolution, signed Jan. 10, was brought forward in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.
The resolution fully endorses the agenda put forth by the bipartisan coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, an organization of more than 750 city mayors who have joined together to promote tougher federal, state and local gun regulation. It will be distributed to all key lawmakers this week.
"The unthinkable happened last month in Newtown and as a nation it is our duty to come together, putting party politics aside, and end senseless gun violence," said Randall Klein, DTC chairman. "This movement for change is just beginning and now is the time for us to be a part of a larger strategy. During President Obama's next term it is estimated that over 48,000 Americans will be murdered with guns. It is time to demand a plan and stop the cycle."
The document addresses the following concerns:
Closing deadly loopholes in the national background check system;
Limiting the availability of military style weapons and high-capacity magazines;
Replacing the expired federal assault weapons ban with a more enforceable law;
Making gun trafficking a federal crime;
Appointing a director to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives;
Vigorous prosecution of felons and other prohibited purchasers who attempt to buy firearms, ammunition or high-capacity magazines;
Requiring federal agencies to submit records that prohibit a person from owning a gun to the National Criminal Background Check System;
Repealing the remaining restrictions under the Tiahrt Amendments, which are riders to the federal budget that restrict access to federal gun data.
In addition, the resolution supports new legislation being introduced by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, which would require instant background checks for the sale of gun ammunition; and it encourages improved access to mental health resources and a review of violence-in-culture issues.
According to a statement released by the Darien DTC, similar resolutions have also been put forth by Democratic town committees across Fairfield County and the coalition's initiatives have also been supported by several boards of selectmen.