Dumas Signs Letter to Obama on Guns

The letter calls for the president to put forward an agenda "that will make it harder for dangerous people to possess guns, and easier for police and prosecutors to crack down on them."

Attleboro Mayor Kevin Dumas was among more than 750 American mayors to sign a letter submitted Wednesday to President Barack Obama urging him to get tougher on gun control in the United States.

The letter from a group called Mayors Against Illegal Guns features lead signatures from Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

"Together, we urge you to put forward an agenda that is rooted in common sense and that will make it harder for dangerous people to possess guns, and easier for police and prosecutors to crack down on them," the letter states.

The mayors urge Obama to create an agenda on guns that includes:

  • Require every gun buyer to pass a criminal background check
  • Get high capacity rifles and ammunition magazines off our streets
  • Make gun trafficking a federal crime

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The letter acknowledges that congressional approval is needed to get the above tasks accomplished. It states Obama can immediately do the following "to curb gun violence":

"In the past few days, the American people came together in a national outpouring of grief and sympathy for the families of victims slain in the mass shooting in Newtown," the letter concludes. "We share in that grief.  But our constituents are also outraged and looking for leadership from the White House. We look forward to working with you to find a solution to gun violence in our country."

Obama announced Wednesday that a task force on gun violence headed by Vice President Joe Biden would be created. He also plans to submit proposals on gun control to Congress next month.

Go here to read the full letter and see who signed it.

pablo December 20, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Legislating against the legal gun owners will do nothing to curb the incidents like Newtown Ct. Indeed the focus on new gun laws will probably make things worse since it will distract and misdirect the real problem which is civic morality and personal responsibility. There were already laws against this person possessing the weapons, already laws against this person transporting the weapons, already laws against this person having the weapons within school grounds, already laws against this person breaking into the school, already laws against shooting his mother in the face, already laws against shooting mass number of other innocent persons…What makes anyone think that NEW laws will make any of us any safer against mentally deranged or evil people?
Emcee of Seekonk December 20, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Exactly. All this gun talk has amounted to is more people buying and stockpiling weapons and ammo. We can only hope all those extra gun owners are responsible people.
pablo December 20, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Meanwhile, there has been little mention of the closing of the majority of our state mental institutions in the 70s simply because the federal government found out that they would have to assume more responsibility to fund these institutions. There has been little mention of the government’s massive push to eliminate God and religion from our society while sanctioning all manner of deviant and abhorrent behavior. There has been little talk of the governments usurping parental rights to discipline and control their children. There has been little talk of the governments over regulation which tends to separate people from the responsibility of their actions leaving only technicalities to discuss…
Amy December 20, 2012 at 02:03 PM
When the guns are outlawed what will we do when someone goes into a school and starts shooting?
pablo December 20, 2012 at 02:06 PM
The hysterical witch-hunt has begun and it is believed that the prevalence of weapons and not the person behind them is the problem. I disagree. When I was a kid, all my friends and I did most of the time was watch western ‘shoot-em-ups’ on TV and play cops and robbers, cowboys and Indians, etc. outside. We fashioned guns out of wood and graduated to plinking with 22s and hunting with shotguns in out early teens. But, we all instinctively new the difference between ‘playing’ with toy guns and using real guns in safe and responsible manner. How has society LOST this ‘common sense’ and how do we get it back. This is the real issue. Ps; The old ‘tube fed’ 22 Winchester pinker I used as a kid would be considered an ASSULT WEAPON today since it could hold more than 10 rounds in the magazine! By all means, let’s go find this gun and destroy it so we can all sleep better! God help us all.
Jonathan Friedman (Editor) December 20, 2012 at 02:41 PM
We had an issue with the comments section that comments were not appearing. They should appear going forward without a problem.
E. Gobin December 20, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Well I need not to comment on this cause Pablo has said it all.
Daniel F. Devine December 20, 2012 at 08:25 PM
* Pablo's got it right. ~ What the "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" are doing, in my opinion, is called "Political Grandstanding" ~ How about a "Mayors against Illegal Aliens" group being formed? ( Ain't going to happen )
Amy December 20, 2012 at 08:47 PM
I wish the Mayors wrote a letter against the taxpayers having to pay for a convicted murders sex change while in jail and now legal fees! The victims familys must be feeling real good about that.
Just sayin' December 20, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Pablo - you have hit the nail on the head, sir.
Daniel F. Devine December 20, 2012 at 10:18 PM
How about " Mayors Against Entitlement Abuse " ~ Wouldn't happen because MILLION$ are doing it!
Ted Lewandowski December 21, 2012 at 04:04 AM
How about the Mayor Dumas first get involved with the fact that Sgt. Michael MacDonald of the Attleboro Police Department was forced to retire due to some shady deals with issuing gun permits to criminals and mentally ill people - why don't we start with your own City Police force Dumas or is the get-of-jail card that you used multiple times a factor? This is from the CBS Boston website - funny how it never appeared in the local rag the Sun Chronicle... ATTLEBORO (CBS) – An Attleboro police investigation recently found a former veteran police official routinely issued gun licenses to people who were potentially dangerous. The investigation finds that former Attleboro Police Sgt. Michael MacDonald issued at least 12 firearms licenses to convicted felons and people with mental health and substance abuse issues. MacDonald issued a machine gun license to a person who had undergone alcohol treatment and another license to a man who had a number of run-ins with police. It was recommended that MacDonald be disciplined. No action was taken since he retired before the investigation ended. His lawyer claims this is a case of dirty politics because MacDonald had filed unfair labor practice charges against the police chief and mayor. LINK: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2012/06/18/police-attleboro-officer-issued-gun-licenses-to-potentially-dangerous-people/
Ted Lewandowski December 21, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Daniel F. Devine December 21, 2012 at 10:22 AM
Sarah Curtis December 21, 2012 at 02:34 PM
@ Ted... I agree with you. We have a serious problem within the Attleboro PD! I myself know this first hand. Shady officer (never dispatched btw) comes to our home... Stating some bullcrap... Takes pictures inside my home, never files a report, pictures not in file, civilian police report filed in August... Ignored by the department, brought to Dumas' attention 10/3 still nothing, also brought to the attention of our city council rep Weydt, he never got back to me. . Met with Friedman last Thursday and spilled all. And in light of this story and the tragedy last Friday in CT I feel I am entitled to an answer!!!! How's that for corruption!
Daniel F. Devine December 22, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Very serious allegations Mr. Lewandowski, Hope you know a good attorney who specializes in slander, if your assertions cannot be proven.
Jonathan Friedman (Editor) December 22, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Ted's comment has been deleted. Ted, if you have proof of the allegations about which you wrote, please give it to me, and I'll look into it. Perhaps there is a story there. This thread has gone way off-course. If you have an opinion on gun control or specifically the letter signed by Kevin Dumas, feel free to post about it. This is not a thread to discuss whether or not you like the Attleboro Police Department.


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