How Can We Each Fight Gun Violence?

Some politicians have shared their ideas of how to curb gun violence. Now we invite you to jump into the discussion and share your thoughts in the comment section.

As Vice President Joe Biden prepares to meet with the National Rifle Association and other gun-ownership groups for talks at the White House Thursday, many politicians have voiced what they think should be done to curb gun violence. 

Among those politicians are several North Shore village mayors and presidents who recently joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to call for stronger gun regulation as part of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a coalition aimed at cracking down on illegal guns. The coalition recently aired a commercial featuring Roxanna Green, the mother of one of those killed in the 2011 Tucson shootings, urging people to sign a petition on www.DemandAPlan.org

Below is a look at how other state and local leaders are taking action in the national gun debate. But we wanted to broaden the conversation. Nearly a month after the horrific Newtown shootings, many people, regardless of their politics, are trying to figure out what they can each do to prevent similar tragedies in the future.

We'd like you to join our discussion and tell us what do you think we, as individuals, can do to help curb gun violence?

We are not so interested in a discussion of the merits of the Second Amendment, but more what we as non-politicians and as a community should do to control gun violence.

Here are some ideas from The Atlantic Wire to get the discussion started:

  • Closing loopholes that allow people to buy guns at gun shows without a background check
  • Creating a national database of people who are banned from purchasing firearms, such as convicted felons and the mentally ill
  • National registration of every handgun and/or a database to track all weapon sales

Politicians Share Ideas to Control Gun Violence 


In an USA Today op-ed piece, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly, a former astronaut, discussed a campaign the couple is launching with the aim of curbing gun violence. Americans for Responsible Solutions aims to raise funds to “balance the influence of the gun lobby,” and start conversations about gun violence prevention. “Achieving reforms to reduce gun violence and prevent mass shootings will mean matching gun lobbyists in their reach and resources,” Giffords and Kelly wrote in the USA Today article. The couple launched the campaign Tuesday on the two-year anniversary of the Tucson shooting that killed six people and left Giffords injured. 


U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal announced plans to introduce federal legislation requiring instant background checks for purchasers of ammunition Tuesday. "Right now, ammunition is the black hole in gun violence prevention because anybody can go into a store and buy any amount of ammunition with no questions asked and that person may be a felon, a fugitive, or mentally ill or a domestic violence abuser," Blumenthal, was quoted saying on NewYork.CBSLocal.com.


Attorney General Lisa Madigan asked a federal appeals court Tuesday to review a lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on concealed carry in an effort to salvage the only law in the nation that makes the practice illegal, Huffington Post reported.

New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to propose one of the country’s most restrictive bans on assault weapons, The Wall Street Journal reported. Describing existing laws in New York as having “more holes than Swiss cheese,” Cuomo is pushing for New York to become the first state to enact major new gun laws in the wake of the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., The New York Times reported.

For a detailed look at how some state and local leaders are taking action in the national gun debate, read Tucson Shooting Anniversary Honored As Gun Debate Swells on Huffingtonpost.com.

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Thomas L. Mattison January 10, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Until people are honest enough to have a real discussion of the real issues, this will continue as the stalemated old routine of groupthink A vs. groupthink B. There is no evidence that stricter gun laws or looser gun laws effect the type violence seen in these mass shootings. The issue is one of mental health officials being able to appropriately treat or restrict movement of people known to be a danger to themselves and the public. We would be better served as a people if each side would spend 25% of what they spend to oppose each other, on creating policies that would allow mental health officials and educators to concentrate on the areas that can make a difference.
JBS January 12, 2013 at 03:09 AM
The best way to control gun violence is to: 1. Go to your local shooting range at least once a month so you'll be up to snuff in the event of home invasion. 2. Tell your IL legislators not to pass any concealed carry law to replace the one declared unconstitutional.


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