University City Mayor Shelley Welsch joined the ranks of several U.S. mayors Wednesday when she voiced support for President Barack Obama's gun control plan in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, CT.
The president issued 23 executive actions and is urging Americans to put pressure on Congress to pass his proposed changes, including universal background checks on gun sales, a ban military-style assault rifles and limited ammunition magazines.
Welsch, a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition, issued a statement through the organization shortly after Obama spoke.
"There are 33 Americans murdered with guns every day, and there's something we can do to stop the bloodshed. So why in the world would we wait?" Welsch said. "President Obama announced today that he is taking bold steps to address the epidemic of gun violence in America. Both Democrats and Republicans in Congress must work together to pass common-sense measures. We cannot afford to wait for more lives to be lost."
The president's proposals come after recommendations from a task force headed by Vice President Joe Biden. Biden recently led a series of meetings focused on gun reform where he met with a variety of groups, inlcuding the National Rifle Association, to gather information prior to the task force recommendations.
The president said he is calling on the changes in an effort to prevent future gun violence.
According to CNN, Obama wants background checks on all gun sales and he wants Congress to reinstate the ban on military-style assault rifles and limit ammunition magazines to 10 rounds for all weapons.
Obama also issued 23 executive orders that do not require congressional approval, including strengthening background checks on gun sales and expanding safety programs in schools.
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