Mayor Salina: It's Time for Ban on High-Capacity Rifles

Berlin's Adam Salina is among more than 750 mayors across the country who signed a Mayors Against Illegal Guns letter to President Obama to take aggressive action to curb gun violence.


The town's mayor is among a bipartisan coalition of more than 750 mayors nationwide who this week signed a letter to the president asking for a comprehensive gun violence prevention package just days after the Dec. 14 massacre of 27 people at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Berlin Mayor Adam Salina says he joined Mayors Against Illegal Guns a couple of weeks after his election in 2011.

"On the heels of the unfathomable tragedy in Newtown, it is time for our nation to act. I, along with over 750 Mayors across the country are urging action President Obama to put forward an agenda that will make it harder for dangerous people to possess guns.

"I am astonished by the NRA's press conference which took place on Friday. Rather than look for a solution to this problem, they feel the answer to gun violence is more guns.

"As the father of three young daughters and I cannot imagine the anguish felt by the families in Newtown but I will continue to fight for a solution."

The MAIG letter (read the full text in the pdf at right) says more than 750 mayors has joined forces with over 700,000 Americans and more than 100 survivors of deadly shootings to urge Obama and Congress to enact an agenda "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."

That agenda, according to MAIG, should:

  • 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 

"Those ideas require action by Congress, but there steps you and your Administration could and should take immediately to curb gun violence," the letter reads.

  • Appoint an ATF director
  • Prosecute prohibited purchasers who attempt to buy firearms, ammunition or high-capacity magazines 
  • Require federal agencies to report records to NICS
  • Repeal remaining Tiahrt restrictions (provisions attached to federal spending bills that make it harder for law enforcement officers to aggressively pursue criminals who buy and sell illegal guns).

"I'm astonished by the NRA's response," Salina said.

Middletown Mayor Dan Drew is looking for federal legislation that would only permit enough bullets to fully load one handgun at a time. “Without ammunition, a gun is nothing more than a blunt object.”

And he’s hopeful for a ban on all semiautomatic weapons. “There really is no ostensible purpose for home defense. No hunter needs a semiautomatic weapon. If there wasn’t such an availability of ammunition in this country, it would be hard for people to commit these types of violent acts.”

Drew does make one point clear. “I don’t have a problem with people owning a weapon. There are a lot of responsible people out there, there are a lot of responsible hunters.”

And although he doesn’t own a gun, he has fired one. In fact, he says, many people in his family own weapons and are hunters — just not assault weapons.

“Semiautomatic weapons are designed to kill people,” Drew says.

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Aaron Evan Kimpton December 26, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Most of those are already laws. Why not enforce them? more bull crap from politicians.
Ed Froem December 26, 2012 at 03:07 PM
According to FBI statistics, gun ownership is at an all time high and has been increasing every year since 1998. At the same time violent crime is at an all time low and has been consistently decreasing since 1992. If the only response we get from our democrat leadership is more gun control, then in my opinion they are not genuinely interested in making a positive change.
Aaron Evan Kimpton December 26, 2012 at 03:46 PM
More people die from fists and feet than do from semi auto rifles. Is this illustrious mayor going to burden DPS with NICS checks for everyone with 2 arms and at least one leg?
Russ Case December 26, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Shocked I say Shocked a Democrat that wants more Gun Control. Just a way to take over this country, wait they already have done that!!!! A former 51 yr Berlin Resident, note the word "FORMER"
Kathleen December 27, 2012 at 01:12 AM
the rapid fire power scares me the public needs to do simple research on corralition between this type of violence and use -prescribed psy. meds. Brain tissue perhaps used in search of answers don't label all gun owners and please do not label mental illness. we cannot go backwards we are too smart read facts they work for us so lets keep the politics silent and read up on facts regarding " it " "It" being the evil that takes away in a horrific rage. we are smart


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